Some changes have been made in my plan. Now, I'm pretty much committed to the path I've chosen. Here's the update:
1) The white sand path was eighty-sixed. I bought some small light colored stones of varying sizes to make a path instead.
2) I bought some plexiglass to cut up that should help keep the substrate slope.
3) I found a pack of 4 stainless steel tweezers of varying kinds in the jeweler section of Hobby Lobby for $7. Hopefully, they work out.
3) Plants have been ordered. Since I have no experience in buying nor planting, I have no idea what to expect. I want to plant heavily initially to help stabilize the tank. This is what is coming:
6-Rotala Indica Rotundrafolia
3-LUDWIGIA REPENS X L. ARCUATA 1$each
5-Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia' 1.50
5-Lysimachia Nummularia 'Aurea' (Golden creeping jenny)
14-Vallisneria Americana Gigantea (jungle vals)
3-Cryptocoryne x willisii (C. lucens)
1 Golfball - Fissiden
1 Golfball - Mini X-mas Moss
I'm attaching my layout...it's partly simply to help me figure out quantities, but I think it will prove to help me in planting as well. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know your thoughts! That'd be greatly appreciated!