I'm 24, male, and from Houston, Tx. This will be my first aquarium, and I've decided I would like to keep a female Betta so I've been doing some research.
I have a 5 gallon tank with filter, hood, and light and will be going next weekend to pickup my substrate, food, water treatment/test kit, heater, plant[s], thermometer, and some form of decoration that can be used as a hiding hole. I'm undecided on if i want to go strictly with fake plants or if i want to attempt to do a Java fern, but am leaning towards at least one live plant - the advantages seem to be too good to ignore - however with this being my first foray into fish keeping I don't know how live plants will change the difficulty of upkeep. I'm planning on keeping my tank at 78*F and mainly feeding it pellets but occasionally using freeze-dried bloodworms.
My reasoning behind having a female is that if I'm successful in keeping her i'd like to upgrade to a 10-20 gallon tank and start a sorority, moving her into the bigger tank and using my current one as an isolation tank. I'm also considering getting her a tank mate in the form of a snail to help with any algae.
Is there anything i'm overlooking?, this forum has been an amazing resource!