I just wanted to update.
I ended up getting a box of 12, of the Sylvania T8 Daylight bulbs. Seriously, every store in the city is out of any other types of T8 that you mentioned lol. I wanted to mix them, but unfortunately I can't right now.
Anyways, I went ahead and changed the backround from blue to black. Black was on the backside, so I just had to flip it around.
I took the "greek" decor out, added about 3-4 pieces of driftwood.
I bought 2 Ozelot Swords, 2 Wisteria plants, 1 red ludwiga, 4 Variegated Japanese Dwarf Rush, and one more plant (I forget the name now, but it was potted).
I have to admit, the black backround, coupled with the vibrant green in the new plants looks fantastic. As soon as I find my digital camera, I will show some pics. My rope fish used to just stay in his cave all day, and come out for maybe half an hour. Now he just swims around non-stop.
The only thing I kind of regret, is getting the 2 potted plants. (I forgot the name of the one, and the other was one of the Ozelot Swords). The pots were larger than the height of my gravel, so I had to add more and now they look like they are on a hill.
Are potted plants any better or worse than non?