I think instead of lighting being my next upgrade, it'll definately be my PHs.
I just got a cheap desk fan and am suprised how well it worked to keep the temp down. It cooled the tank rather quickly.
I just got a new batch of snails, various kinds, so hopefully they will help me with the algae and manage to stay alive.
Between keeping the temp down, adding some liquid Ca
., and keeping the nitrates at 0 (they had been between 10-20 for a long time) I'm hoping I'll have better luck with this crew.