After 9 months of lurking here, going betta crazy and way too many water changes I finalllllllly got a ten gallon tank and all the stuff to divide it. Plus I got an order of wonderful hornwort & duckweed (or is it frogbit?) in the mail today from a great person from the plantedtank.net forum and they gave us a filter as well!!!
I am now thinking shrimp method may be easiest, although I am severely scarred from reading about JKFish's planaria outbreak with the shrimp..
I'll post some pictures and keep everyone updated! And have questions!
Right now here's the plants in their critter keepers: