10 gallon, 6 neon tetras, 6 pygmy cory catfish. According to the calculator on http://www.aqadvisor.com
, I'm at 87%, so I definitely don't want to be adding more fish. I don't have a good picture, unfortunately. The fish themselves seem comfortable enough. They play in the filter, school and shoal together, eat like little champs, no signs of stress/disease, etc.
I'm using API 5 in 1 aquarium test strips, which seemed to be pretty accurate since I had the water for my cycling tank tested at my LSF (and it came up right around what they came up with).
My lightbulb is only a few months old. It doesn't LOOK orange (rather bright white), but I know that does not necessarily mean anything. I'll ask at my LFS (where I bought the set-up) what type of light it is. I'm going back in a few days to get the water from my cycling tank tested as accurately as possible (since it is SO close to being ready for me betta!), so I'll bring a sample of both tanks and ask about the bulb.
I use tap water with conditioner (API) for chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals. I just tested the tap water, and it appears to have 0 ppm for both nitrates and nitrites.
So probably just because it's a new tank and nitrates are a bit high? I did another 20% change today, making it three times this week. I just don't want to stress the biofilter. I do want live plants, so I've been planning on getting a proper light for them and setting some up. They sell them at my LFS, so I'll ask what all I can toss in to get started right away.