Thanks a lot everyone!! Let me respond now haha:
@idk: Okay i'll tell you asap about the hood. I do not have it with the tank at the moment as i'll be picking up the hood soon. I got the Tank, Stand, and Hood for 80 bucks so i'm not too worried if the hood don't work out
@joe: 1. Can I get all this at my LFS, or do I go to a specialty store for that stuff?
2. I'm not sure what kind of plants i'll be using, though I do know i'll be taking some of the java moss and possibly one of the ferns and putting them in the new tank. I'll be getting some driftwood as well for everyone as the centerpiece of the tank as well. I was thinking of having a fairly large driftwood piece in the middle, with the plants around it and possibly the java moss covering the driftwood.
3. That is a good idea... I was planning to "plant" the tank before I got any fish for it, though the otos and white clouds will be transferred from my 20gal into this tank (i'm giving the 20gal to my Betta as he is in a small 2.5 gal that i found when i started this hobby was a little too small)
4. I'll look into the cardinal and rummy nose.. I actually just read that Mollies will eat at plants.. and lol i don't need my plants being destroyed by them.. As for the angelfish, I was actually going to use the one as a "showcase fish" but if they will be happier with more then i'll do that lol..
Thanks for the awesome advice.. sometimes I can be "in a rush" to get stuff because I am so excited for this project.. but I got the tank and that stuff for a good deal, so hopefully the rest will come that way as well
@nate: i'm not sure, but I think it's 2 bulbs.. thanks for the tips on the substrate as well.. I also read about Co2 but I gotta read up more on it.. but... is there a specific amount I need? Like i don't know squat about Co2 other then the fact that we used it @ work for some stuff LOL...