Sorry for the double post! I went to hit the "edit" button, but it was gone. Apologies! =[
Also, sorry for terrible pictures! I need to clean the outside of the glass of my tank. Eeek!
So...this is how far I got with my "planted tank". =/ Not very. Impatient I am, but it will be worth the wait. I had already purchased some sword plants and quarantined them, and I picked up the moss ball today. I will completely change the substrate and lights and make it real NPT once I can see whether or not I can keep plants alive. Haha. I want to add the Mopani wood as soon as it is ready. I currently have it soaking in a bucket with java fern attached to it w/ fishing line. I will completely re-scape my tank as soon as it is ready. Anyone know how long I am supposed to soak the Mopani until it stops "floating"? And on the sword plant, is it okay to be slightly buried in the substrate? Or, does it need to be above it, attached to something? Again, I greatly appreciate the patience and advice given. I am not a betta noob, but most definitely a plant noob, and need all the help I can get. Thanks!