This is all your fault!
While going to buy some goldfish food I saw a betta I could not leave in the shop. I had an empty .5 betta cube in the apartment that I had won in a draw at the local pet valu. I brought home the betta, set him up in the cube and that somehow lead me here. After reading a bunch I felt very guilty. That lead me back to Petsmart where I bought this 2.6 gallon cube. It was on sale and came with a 1.5 watt light and a filter that holy cow moves things around so I did more reading and baffled the intake with a mesh bag from a carbon insert, seems much better now. Before you ask I did indeed buy a heater, which I assume I shall be replacing at some point as it is not adjustable. So far the cube sits 78.9 to 80 degrees, so I am not panicking but I am on the hunt for a better heater. That lead to more reading and a trip to a better lfs, armed with a list of low light plants and 70 dollars later I came home with a few plants and a nerite snail and a small bottle of flourish excel which I am scared to use lol.
First , I will never put a betta in a blank box with a plastic plant again. He is awesome, his name is Storm, the snail has been dubbed Gary by my 12 yr old daughter. Second the snail is a whacky escape artist who I find on the shelf once or twice a week. Storm has gone from drooping in his cup at the store to a bit more lively in the cube to super happy investigate absolutely every single thing, look at me go...and is that pellets? you know you got some pellets!!!! He gets about 7 a day in about 3 feedings.
So my question is am I do anything right? I find the forum interesting, and mind boggling. 30 years ago I started with tanks and as much as I love them the science is a bit baffling these days, honestly back in the day with incadescents the amazon swords and jungle val and corkscrew val had to be lopped at with scissors to keep them in check and now I find I was doing it wrong all along.
The goldfish dont have any plants I dont think it would be a good mix for the plants, there are five of them in a 40 gallon, spoiled rotten, down to being handfed cooked peas at night, its been 3 years and they are thriving..had a crazy algae problem that required a UV filter to fix but its all good now.
Anyway back to being all your fault, this is the monster you created