I had no idea having fish was so expensive when I got my first betta!
So worth it though!
I will probably do a sand/gravel mix because I really love sand. I have my 10 gallon set up for my old guy and it is all sand.
I know how sneaky petco and petsmart can be about their non aquatic plants! I went to get a plant at petco the other week..thought it was cool looking...asked the lady what kind of plant it was and she said she couldn't remember? I got it anyways, because it looked cool. turns out it isn't fully aquatic!
It's ok though! I rubber banded it to the front of my filter so the leaves are out of water but the roots are watered by the outflow. Makes a cool filter baffle!
It looks cool because my tank is an open top 10 gallon setup. Looks all cool and jungley in my kitchen.
I have a plant fertilizer, but it isn't the kind I wanted so I may get some different kind anyways.