I dont mind multicolors, but the artist in me grimmaces at so much mulched and mottled color. I get picky in how the color is patterned over the scales. Besides, I want something I'll not just enjoy seeing, but also enjoy painting. The only reason I'd go to Ab for it, because I'm not rescuing it from a cup, so I don't feel bad picking for looks.
It'll be all right. If I got him I'd only have 2-3 bubblers or maybe just a bubble wall in the 10g instead of a filter. I'd make sure he was comfy and not hampered. But yea, would definitely go with live plants for those pects.