Well, I woke up excited today. After a little work I had pilled up I went out to 3 pet shops and then back to the first. I really really wanted to get some of the suggested substrate but I chickened out because I worried about it clouding my water and since I already have fish in I did not want to hurt them. I bought some substrate that looked about in between gravel and sand(plus I bought some fertilizer tablets that go in the substrate) and 2 dwarf sword plants.
I also wandered into the lighting section and bought some florescent light bulbs with a regular socket to mount on my hood, an aquarium background, and maybe took a little peek at 30-50 gallon tanks...
When I got home I washed the substrate and let it sit in a little water with some anti-chlorination solution while I took out my gravel out net by net. Then I added the new stuff net by net.
With the new gravel, new lighting, plants and everything all set up I am 100x times happier with my tank(and I was already really happy to boot!). The water is a little bit cloudy now, but I am hoping as it filters and settles it will clear up. There is a lot more that I want to do with it but I really feel on the right track now.
Thanks again to this whole forum for all the awesome information.
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