Originally Posted by candyraver
Thank you so much for commenting! You always have informative answers & are very helpful
I definately think I will be getting a 3rd aquarium.Is it "ok" if I do not get more female bettas but just get other fish to add with her? Or would you recommend a group of female bettas? I'm not positive which fish I will add yet... I'm going to look into apple snails tho!
Either way; the fishies will live alone for a couple weeks as I can't get to wal-mart till around the end of the month
I would love to get real plants,they look gorgeous, are they easy to care for?
Yup, it's fine to have a single female betta with other fish. Many tetras would make good tankmates as would most bottom-dwelling species.
Live plants aren't too hard to care for if you have proper lighting. The problem is most tanks come with crappy lightbulbs so you'll have to buy different bulbs or possibly a new fixture unless you're buying a really nice tank. What size aquarium are you planning to get? I could probably help you as far as lighting goes. You want at least
two watts per gallon (so a 20-gallon needs 40 watts of light) but three or four watts per gallon would be perfect and you'd be able to keep most plants. Don't get incandescent bulbs...they produce alot of heat, use alot of electricity, tend to burn out easily, and aren't very strong. Flourescent lighting is better and compact flourescent bulbs would be ideal.
For a planted aquarium I'd recommend using a substrate such as Flourite mixed with the gravel. You don't have to but you'll definately have better luck
. Just make sure to wash it really well. Liquid supplements and tablets are available too....they aren't needed but will help.
Some good beginner plants to look into would be anacharis, amazon swords, cabomba, mirco swords, anubias, java fern, cryptocoryne, water sprite, ludwigia, and wisteria.