I got terrible advice from LFS
and hadnt read enough to be smart about this. Have since remedied that. Basically, after 24 hours I stocked the tank with like 7 fish. Everything died, etc. But I am finally running well.
Fake plants. I am going to try to get this going first, then eventually begin moving to planted. I am not going to make the same mistake. Need to read up.
For pitt420dude, the stuff behind it hangs from the ceiling above and is plastic. Thanks for the concern though.