Im sorry, I dont know how to do that either D:
I have a feeling I'm going to be like that too X3
I'm raiding my house later today, and possibly a second hand shop thats downtown to find betta appropriate stuff so I can get started on sterilizing it and all that ^^
Im also planning on having gravel, I have some from the first time my tank was set up and I just cant afford sand D:
Im definitely going to out cups in my tank, specifically tea cups ;) I hope I can find some cheap grass for cheap, I love how that looks in tanks :O
i got the bowl with Lulu, my huge PK gal. she wasn't tiny, but mom wanted me to hurry up, so i just grabbed a bowl and bought her with it. i used to keep my Java moss and one tiny RCS in it for a while, then thought Zidane would like it. and, he did. he'd build huge bubble nests in it.
I got some anachris at Petsmart last week, I think 2 bunches for about $6.00. The clerk suggested planting some and letting a few branches just float on top. I checked Buddy last night, and he was sleeping in the floating anachris. He looked so cute.
I found see -through colored plastic 8oz cups at my local grocery store one day and picked up a couple of those. One of my boys absolutely loves them. He sleeps in them and constantly swimming up against them.
A cheap place for plants is discount pet supply, the plastic plants start around a $1, silk are very cheap too.
I wanted to do sand so I read up and saw lots of people using play or pool filter sand for there tanks. I liked the look of the pool filter sand so I picked up a BIG bag for about $15. I did about 1.5-2 inches of sand and still have over half the bag. I personally like the look of it better than gravel and I'm going to be adding cories to my tank so it was more appropriate. (Also cheaper than acquiring enough aquarium gravel). You just need to rinse it for a bit in a bucket to get out the dust and you may have to do a water change or two once it's in the tank to get rid of any leftover cloudiness.
For plants, I was going to go mainly silk plants with a few real plants scattered. I'm doing a sorority as well so I would need a lot of plants. I discovered that compared to actually buying all of those silk plants, getting the live, low-light, low maintenance plants is actually cheaper. Plus if I want to set up more or bigger tanks in the future I can use clippings from what I've already got to get it going. For plants I got some corkscrew vallisneria, java fern, moneywort, wisteria and water sprite, and then when I picked up my girls from the breeder he gave me a clump of this floating water lettuce like plant which is doing rather well. Also, I absolutely love the look of all the different leaf shapes and whatnot and my tank looks much nicer and more natural than it would have with fake plants.
Anyway, just my two cents. Good luck with your tank, I aspire to a 50 gallon one day but I'll stick with my 20 Long for now.