Hi all, first post here.
My background is saltwater tanks (and simple freshwater back when I was a kid) but I've never done a planted tank before. I want to set up a small planted nano for a male Betta (probably half moon) and was hoping I could get some guidance, whether it be direct suggestions or links to do more research.
All I have so far is the tank. I just ordered a Cadlights 4g Freshwater tank. The rest is up to you guys! I know I want a dark substrate, i want plants, probably some larger stone and/or driftwood, and/or a cool little buddha statue or something for the betta to hang out in. I'm looking for a good combo of a natural look and a comfortable home for the Betta. With saltwater I'm used to creating a tiny self contained ecosystem that pretty much takes care of itself (not including testing, dosing, etc) and looking for something similar here, which is one reason I want to go planted.
For substrate I was looking at the CaribSea Eco-Complete, just based on the reviews I've found. For plants, i have no freakin clue where to start. I guess I want something mossy/short for the foreground, some taller stuff for the back and maybe something to float on the top for the Betta? I like those intense bright greens and would probably like to get some other color in there too like reds.
I would also appreciate any additional tips for initial setup and cycling. I assume the sticky in the general forum is pretty up to date? Anything different or specific to Bettas that I need to worry about?
Are there any other lifeforms I can add with the Betta in this size tank?