I was sick of dealing with diatoms growing on plastic fake plants, tired of looking at boring black gravel, just tired of my tank looking really fake.
I decided to do a complete tank overhaul, and it is complete now, and I couldn't be happier.
Over the past few weeks I have been adding real plants to my tank and if I must say, they solely made my tank just so so SO much better. I only had about 25 pounds of gravel in my 30 gallon, so it wasn't really enough for the roots.
I went to petsmart bought more plants and decided to add sand to my whole tank, BEST decision I have made with this tank since I started it in January.
Only took me 1 hour to wash out 50 pounds of Quikrite sand from Home Depot. Used a bucket and took the hose head with a high power head attached and stuck it into the sand and dumped dirty water. My water is still a little murky, but that will clear up in time.
Can't wait for my plants to grow in, I'm so happy about that results, thank you to everyone who uses this forum, as it is in my opinion, the best resource for fish keeping and aquarium maintenance.