Hey, I'm hoping to plunge into this hobby soon and I've been reading up on what I can about keeping bettas. Since I'm still in school, I can't really afford much, so I'm settling with a 3G Eclipse (comes with filter and lighting) thermometer, heater, master kit tester, water conditioner, betta food and a net. Am I missing something vital?
I plan on getting java fern (I heard they're very sturdy) on driftwood, some gravel and some decorations, but would this overcrowd the aquarium? Would it be too much for me to take care even the plant? (I'll get gravel once I'm ready for the plants.) Also, concerning the N cycle, should I plant the fern first and then start the cycle? or start the cycle and then put the plant in?
I was wondering about the background. I heard that if it's too bright the fish will get stressed and I heard about having a background might be a good idea. How would I do this, without spending a fortune? I've been working all summer and pretty much don't spend any of my money but I still need to pay for school and all, so a cost-effective solution is really needed!
Also, I have a question about betta food. I know that dry freeze food (?) is best but I heard it's quite costly. I heard that Hikari's Bio-gold is really good, but does anyone know how long the 20g (0.7 oz) will last? And how is Attison's Betta Pro?
All in all, is the 3G enough for one male betta? I guess I can afford a 6G, but I'm trying to keep all costs around 100 (130 at most; I'm already at 87 bucks) as for starting cost.
Thanks in advance!