So I got a Aquaeon Aquarium Kit yesterday. It included a 50 watt heater, a power filter(I'm not sure what model, the box just claims that it's a quiet power filter), a thermometer, some trial sized food and water conditioner, a hood with two incandescent 15 watt light bulbs, and of course the tank.
I currently have a yellow Delta Betta that I've had since August(I only remember that it was sometime during the beginning of the school year). It's going to be two weeks until I can actually get all the supplies I need(including some Tetra Safe Start or another product like that), so right now I'm just trying to research fish that are compatible with my betta. I was thinking about getting neon tetras, but I don't really like schooling fish since I'm not sure if I have room for an adequate school of tetra. I would like platies, since my mom also really likes those, but I'm just wondering how many I should get, and whether I should get all male or all female platies. I was thinking about cory catfish, too.
I would like to get some inexpensive, easy to maintain live plants, as well so any ideas on substrate? I also plan on getting fake castle decorations and things like that as soon as possible after everything's settled in the tank. Is that a bad idea?
So I would like your ideas on fish and plants to stock the tank with and perhaps decor.