Had a lil' bit of time on my hands and went through this whole thread. Members here have some really impressive planted tanks. Puts mine to shame! I'd love to see some re-posts of the above tanks years later..
Here is my 55 gallon low tech aquarium. I found out the hard way that "doing less is more". I have no algae now and have backed off and let nature take its coarse (after years of trial and error). I do not even need to clean the glass anymore. My plants consist of : Red Rubin sword, java ferns, Dwarf water lily, Madagascar laces, Creeping Jenny, Crypt Wendtii, narrow leaf chain swords, melon swords, corkscrew vals,Aponofeton crispus,Anubias nana, and ambulia.
So here is a quick pic of my Fluval EBi tank I have at the office. It just has one Betta that my gf didn't want anymore, one Cherry shrimp, one Amano shrimp and
6 Ghost shrimp. It was in need of a serious cleaning because it still had the original substrate that came with the tank when I purchased it almost 5 yrs ago (it's impossible to gravel vack).
Most of the plants I have in there are sitting in another container atm waiting for me to decide on a new substrate, but this cool looking "tree" was a found surprise during the cleaning process. I thought it was just some subwassertang that was growing on a rock and then realized it was attached to a piece of mopani wood (giving it a cool tree appearance)