AGA 5.5 w/ pool filter sand, local rocks, sponge filter, 40W desk lamp on 10h/day.
Flora: Bacopa monnieri, Vallisneria americana gigantea, Vesicularia dubyana, Najas grass.
Fauna: Neocaridina denticulata v. siamensis, assorted snails
Read! Diana L Walstad's book "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium..." is a good starting point.
Asstd FW fish in other planted tanks (tetras, rasbora, mollies, Corydoras, Otocinclus, angel...)
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.