I finally found some time to post some pictures of my progress. I haven't done this is a while so hopefully they posted correctly.
I still need to get small filter and a heater. What are some good options for well priced yet well thought of filters and heaters for a 10 gallon?
For the update those last pictures are day 1 of my dry start for DHG "mini" and monte carlo. Unfortunately most of the monte carlo came in bad shape so we'll see if it turns around.