Yes that is a top layer of coarse gravel on top of of some finer gravel. Fertilizer was added to the mixture before the top layer was added.
Your also right about the color, my rose swords are a little red, but thats about it. I think my next adventure will be another light for viewing, because those 10,000k bulbs make my room an irridescent green!
Thanks for the replies!
Light:4x54w T5HO 2x10000k and 2x6500k
Filter/Heater:Rena XP3, Fluval 205
CO2:5lb pressurized, glass diffuser into powerhead