Personally, anacharis & java moss were the best inventions ever.. I don't even care for my anacharis and it strives. You can leave it floating, attach it to stuff, or put it into the gravel. It really does not care. My java moss also needs zero care and it is a gorgeous green color that my shy fish will hide in. It is AWESOME.
Definitely buy easy-to-care-for-beginner plants first. My wendtii are proving hard to grow, and my val isn't growing at all because I cannot get high enough wattage in my tank right now. ;(
Sorry for the late reply.. I've been having some computer trouble. My laptop just randomly shuts off and won't let me turn it on for hours and then does it again!
But I'm really excited.. I'm going betta shopping today! :D
As you see on my tank picture I posted on your profile, I have my 5g on a shelf, and I also have two females in 2g jars. Today I'm going to buy a male for the big tank (I figured the males with their long tales would need more space) and I'm going to buy two 2g tanks, one on each side for each female! I wanted it to be centered and matching.. And I really don't even like putting females together either way because they are still very feisty! I'm also going to buy two real plants for each 2g, and a few real plants for the 5g and keep some fake silver, black and white plants in each one!
They do indeed sell them but they aren't all that great.
You basically get those report bindings... Um, you know the clips? They are flat on one edge, then go triangularly into a clip. Then you get mesh. It can be shelf lining mesh or craft, but it shouldn't be like a cloth, but should be hard with the holes in it. Then cut it to the height/width of your tank, put it into the bindings, and use aquarium silicone to seal it to the sides of the tank.
If you ever want to remove it, AQ silicone is able to come off, just takes some peeling/rubbing/or a razor to pull if off the glass.
If you want to use same filter & heater, I would use a mesh divider with holes. (Pin-point or a bit larger.) If you want a male find one with a more mellow personality who is okay with roommates.
Another option is purchasing another tank. Have you ever checked your local sales listing like Craigslist, thrift stores, discount places, etc? I found a 1.5 gallon tank with the filter at Goodwill for $2. I got my 5 gallon for free from my boyfriend. I have found 10 gallons with heater, filter, hooded light for $20.
If you truly cannot put another tank anywhere and don't have room, I think Walmart sells a 1 gallon tank with the hooded light and filter for like $12. Even 2 gallons are pretty dang tiny space wise. I think PetCo or PetSmart have very basic 2 gallons for $15-ish? You'll have to check their websites, I have forgotten!
I know PetCo sells Kritter Keepers. I got my 3 gallon Kritter Keeper & filter for about $20? It took up minimal space, too, especially compared to 5 gallons.
Great! Here's a picture of my tank, minus the fish.. They're all gone and I'm down to one girl (the others were pet store rescues with bad finrot and other stuff.)
Btw.. Are you sure I can't use the same filter if I split it? It's not that I don't believe you.. It's just my mom doesn't really like all of this fish business and she's tired of all of the pet store trips and expensive supplies.. We thought bettas would be easy.. But nonetheless, it's been more difficult than any other pet I've ever had! I just think she'd be really mad if we'd need two heaters.. But Idk.
Oh yes! Of course it is! In my 10 gallon community tank I have multiple live plants and have 2 fake ones as well. It is a much cheaper option.
Personally, I enjoy putting live plants in the "direct view" areas. The front of the tank, where your eyes are directed, etc. Then fill the "extra" with realistic silk plants and no one will even notice. My 10 gallon looks amazing and you can tell they are fake (they're plastic) but it really is beautifully put together.
Another good idea is to mix the fake subtley into the real. I know people have clusters of plants and through them in together in a tasteful way so they all look real.
For your plants, I think you should just find a tasteful way to incorporate them. If you did dark gravel with a dark background and put those plants up front, you could line the back end of the tank with plants that will make the tank "pop".
Thank you so much! Now that you mention it.. I do want to get into live plants. Is it okay to have fake and real plants? I have these black/white and silver fake ones I LOVE that I put in my tanks to match.. But is it okay to mix them?
Anytime! That's why you're here on this forum, to get answers!
It is rare for a thread to never receive any sort of reply, sometimes it just takes awhile for someone to stumble upon it and answer, like I did!
Feel free to ask questions anytime. I know a lot about plants, too, if you ever think about going to live plants. If you want to ever PM me or leave a visitor message I will always give you a reply! I mean it, any question, any time, I won't get annoyed! ;)
Anytime! The whole reason you're on this forum is to get information, not make posts that are left unanswered!
It rarely happens threads never get replied to, someone will come along eventually and realize they have just the answer you're looking for. Sometimes it just takes some time for someone to stumble upon it, just like I did.