60cmx30cmx30cm with 1x15W fluorescent light (10hours a day), 50W heater, DIY CO2. Once a week liquid plant fertilization. First tank ever.
Once a week liquid plant fertilization + DIY CO2 really helps those plants.
10x neon tetra, 3x otocinclus afinis, 3x corydoras paleatus
Cabomba, Echinodorus "Red Flame", ...
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.