It's been a while since I've posted on here. I had my tank running unstocked for quite a while to get rid of the cloudiness from the concrete in there. I also had driftwood in there, which is making the tea color in the water. It's certainly been a test of my patience, but I have come to terms with the tea color. I was just concerned about how hard my water was. Turns out that the water where I live is hard anyways, so that will have to be remedied with a softener pouch or something similar.
Anyways, I decided to go with the fish-in cycle, using only fish I planned to keep. I also heavily planted my tank (at least its heavy to me) so that my fish don't suffer ammonia burn and things like that during the cycle (of course after doing research on this matter). I think I understand this cycle much better, and though water testing is necessary, I didn't find it to be so crucial as such when planting the tank as well. More discussion on that later if you so choose.
Here's my tank! 20120925_002214.jpg
At this point there's a Delta Tail Betta and 2 Silver Lyretail Mollies, along with the moss ball, java fern, bleheri, and some other plant I can't remember the name of. They all seem to be hiding in this pic. 20120927_141623.jpg
Betta and mollies came out of their shell after a few days. Added 5 Harlequin rasboras (super active right away, they were all over my tank!) and another plant described as "aquatic combo". Can someone identify this for me please? 20120927_141630.jpg
Rasboras swimming through the hole in the center and.. 20120927_142015.jpg
They came out on the other side! This got me really excited. My betta and mollies don't even use a fraction of the hiding spots/obstacles I've created. They seem to like just being out in the open.
Comments and criticism please!
Note: I realized after I posted that you can't see the java fern in the later pic. I moved it when I put in the new plants. It's in there I promise :) I also decided against the cichlids in this tank because I picked up a 40 breeder that I will so something similar to in and put them in there instead.