The light is a compact flourescent Aqualight and bought it online at Dr. Foster's and Smith's. Paid $260.00. It has (4) 65 watt bulbs and is a great light! Love Dr. Foster's and Smith's website. Best prices.
The tank looks absolutely beautiful! I cant wait to see it fill in. I also recently started a tank(the whole deal, artificial to planted), and had those same mysterious bubbles. They went away, eventually though.
That "slime" on the surface is from the Eco Complete. Its the nutrient enriched "water" that comes with the ECO. Just keep the surface partially moving and it will go away with the first couple water changes.
Well, I did some changes and trimmed some plants (and forgot to take a pic before doing all that) but here are some updated photos of how the tank is doing.
A am a bit frustrated though and second guessing whether it was worth switching over to a planted tank.
1.) This past week, after i had gotten some new cardinal & rummy nose tetras, ich broke out and then also a bacterial infection in the fish. I lost all 12 of my cardinals and all 15 of my rummynose tetras along with 1 of my corys and my new rainbow shark is not doing well. I ended up pulling all my fish out of the 55 gal and put them in a 10 gal hospital tank so I could treat. My glo-lite tetras (I lost 1 of the 6 I had of those also) are doing better and I think my other cory will pull through along with my 2 pencil fish.
2.) I now have discovered what I believe is thread algea growing (see pic), so I started to dose extra of excel, which I hope will not kill my cabomba
I do love the look of the planted tank and just hope the joys will outweigh the frustrations. Anyway, here are some additional photos...