Well folks as the title says this is my Second tank. (and my wife said my last)
Going low tech this time around (and sticking with it)
Here is the breakdown on the tank
10 gallon kit tank
Cheapo heater that came with last 10 gallon kit
Marineland Hidden LED Strip Light
3 inches substrate of VERY WELL rinsed CaribSea FloraMax
Osmocote Plus under the substrate
2 pieces of Malaysian Driftwood (Boiled for about an hour each)
Windelof Java fern
Anacharis (forgot that excel melts it so it may not live) (oops)
1 Marimo Moss Ball
1 Half moon Betta
9 Neon Tetras and
2 assassin snails
So this little tank has given me some troubles to start with but it seems to be going better.
First I used 50% of the water out of my existing 10 gallon planted tank in an effort to kick start the cycle. This turned out to be a bad idea because my tank looked like I poured a gallon of milk in it for about 2 1/2 days
So after using something to clarify the water, and putting in some fine filter floss, The water cleared up quite nicely. But then I found a new issue. There was some white funk growing on my roots and leaves of my Windelof Java fern.
It wasn't on the Anubius Nana or on the driftwood so I wasn't sure what it was. I got in there and did another 50% water change and rubbed the funk off of the roots and leaves and now its starting to look a lot better.
Here are pictures of the tank and its inhabitants
Odd thing about these two pictures. It is exactly the same fish but he looks Orange in one picture and Blood Red in another. First one taken with a Cell Phone and the other with my DSLR (the first one is actually truer in color)
I know currently the light isn't adequate enough for the tank (even at low light) but I am going to be putting my Current USA Satellite Plus on the tank once my Satellite Plus Pro comes for my Hi-Tech tank.
Below is the same tank with what will be its new light (in about a week)
This tank will be a non-CO2 tank so I am going to keep it very very simple but I would still love suggestions on plants to put in the tank that would look good and thrive in a non-CO2 environment.