I got a 2.5gal tank with a heater for my betta and I want to put a few live plants in it. But I was wondering if I should keep the plants away from the heater, or if they can be right up against it without being damaged? Right now it's horizontal along the back wall but I want to pick up a couple suction cups to mount it on the wall. Is this a good idea?
I found a 9W daylight CFL bulb at my local hardware store that I was going to use in my desk lamp that is right in front of the tank. I bought it but it doesn't work so I'll be exchanging it. They also have 13W there so I wanted to ask about that: how close would the lamp have to be with a 9W bulb? Because if it has to be directly above the tank and close to it it wouldn't be very useful as a lamp for writing and such. But if I got the 13W and put it away a bit more it could serve both purposes. Or another option would be to get the 9W bulb and get a regular lamp (like one for a reptile cage) that just sits right on the tank (would this put it too close or get the tank too hot or anything?). Some help on this problem would be great.
I know I'm kinda asking a lot of questions, but any guidance would be very helpful. Thanks!