I share your opinion on bottom dwellers (haha I even started a thread on a bottom dweller only tank). Lighting, filters, and bubblers are really dependent on what you are looking to do.
Some questions that can help narrow it down are:
1. Do you want plants? If so low, medium, or high tech? Low pretty much just has a plant bulb with the occasional ferts like roottabs. Medium has everything low has but you can add liquid supplements and more specific ones can be used (iron, phosphate; etc). High usually has really high lighting and gaseous CO2
along with supplements. Make sure to do some side research to help you decide.
2. Do you like making things (in other words, are you a diy person?) or are you okay spending more money to avoid making things?
3. Do you know what kind of filter you want?
Some awesome youtube channels that you may like are Dustins Fishtanks and King of DIY (aquariums), just to give you some inspiration.