Thank you so much for your comment on my slate wall, Aquastudent! I like the backgrounds you did on your 10 gallon as well. And, even though I copied and pasted the latin names of the plants that I saw on here and said "ooh... pretty..." doesn't mean that I have the knowledge to get it done, but thanks for your faith!!
I think I'll start playing with the dirt either tomorrow night, or friday night (no life, I know) and I'll start getting things together for the substrate. Once I have that all done, I'll get to the fun part, and order some plants.
Next time I'm at a pet store, I'll look at the driftwood... I'm just having a hard time picturing how it would look. Also, I really wish I could show you guys how this thing looks in person. There are a few shelves in the wall as well, so it's not just a flat wall. I'm also thinking that I will try to eliminate all the duckweed that's in there as well... it's definitely the plant you learn to hate!