So it seems like betta-related impulse buys is getting to be a thing for me; I bought Altair on impulse when I went into petsmart to tentatively price tanks and supplies, and now I've gone in with the intention of just buying some air tube and come out with a new 5-gallon tank. So now I have 60 days to research what I need to know and buy, and decide what I'm going to do with it.
In my defense, it was on sale, and I was already planning on buying a bigger tank, just...not for a few months.
What I bought was the Marineland 5 gallon Crescent, comes with LED light and filter.
What I need to know is, what plants are good for this size tank? (the dimensions are 15.5x10.5x14.5, and the area of the floor is 162.75 sq. in) I was told that plants need a different spectrum of light than what LEDs provide, is that light okay, or do I need to find a different light for the plants? If so, is there anyone who can recommend a light that will work with the tank? At least, a light that will work on its on and still semi-resembles the sleek/modern look of the tank?
I've read the step-by-step nitrogen cycle sticky, but I'm still curious about how a nitrogen cycle will work in a planted tank, and I'm still not completely clear on what maintenance a planted 5 gallon tank needs.
I'm also curious as to if a 5 gallon tank has enough room for a second fish, and if so, what kind? I was considering tetras, but while I was at the store melting holes in my card, I noticed the mollies and the cory catfish and vaguely remembered them both being on a list of fish that are okay to add to a betta tank?