Alright, so here's an update.
I have all the hardware that I need to get this thing going now. The reason why it took so long was because the filter that I ordered turned out to be too big, so I had to return it. But, I'm kind of glad that I did because I found one with a surface skimmer which is great because there is something in my water that gives my tanks a protein film no matter what I do.
I also set up the hardscape, and my plants should ship out on Tuesday!! Here it is as of right now. Note: I still haven't rigged up the light yet, but hopefully today I will. IMG_0099.JPG
But, there is some bad news.
1) I can't use the awesome piece of driftwood because I've been having some problems with the other driftwood that I got from that source. Mainly that they start decaying way to soon, and I don't want a huge piece of driftwood in there that I won't be able to take out and scrub if it gets gunky.
2) The worst news is that my stocking plan changed a bit. My 15 gallon....yeah, just not working. There's just something wrong and I can never figure out what it is (I've had problems with this tank from the beginning) so I FINALLY decided that it is just time to tear it down and start over. The fish are just not happy in there for some reason (clamped fins despite great water parameters) and it never looks quite clean and clear. Oh well, I guess I needed to have a failure sometime. So, that means that I will be moving those fish (5 cory catfish and 3 guppies) over to the 29 gallon. I am actually thinking that the cories are going to have a blast on the sand (they are on eco-complete which is just not the same).
So...I'll be keeping the pair of pearl gouramis and the school of harlequin rasboras, but since the cories will have to be on the bottom the loaches will have to go...I know, I know, I don't want to do it but I have to. But, I was thinking off the top of my head that since the cories are a lot smaller than the loaches that I may be able to do a pair of rams as well. I really know nothing about them however, so it's off to do some research once I'm done typing this.