I'm in the process of switching all my tanks from fake to real plants, WOW ! Bubble nests LEFT AND RIGHT! I've never seen them so happy and lively! My next project will be my 40 gal tank which on wednesday I believe I have the day free and I'll be getting more plants, lights, and the only filters that I am currently using are a couple sponge filters. I'm SO pleased with how much it has improved my fish behavior.
Plants being used are:
Lucky Bamboo (leaves above water)
Lights will be 6500 K
My 5 gal is a NPT the rest are just petco sand with added liquid ferts
the others are 2 divided 10 gal tanks
a 40 gal sorority - which is next on the list to be converted, however it will take time as I need tall plants
a 2.5 gal tank and a 2 gal bowl.
I have pictures of my setups and the biggest bubble nest EVER by my HMPK Hiroki in his 5 gal NPT
In order they are
2 gal bowl ( more plants will be added, this was an unexpected rescue :D )
5 gal NPT
bubble nest in the 5 gal
two divided 10 gal tanks
sorority not pictured - coming soon!