Otherwise known as, "Hooray, I found my home!"
Brief bit of background (skip to the fish smiley if you can't be bothered reading!) - I recently bought my first house, then shortly afterwards was signed off work on long term sick. I'm going back in a couple of weeks, but now that I'm doing better and my house is more or less sorted, I want to add some aquatic friends to my life - partly so I have a home-based project to give me focus and ease the transition back to work, but mostly because I've wanted to set up a tank for ages and the time hasn't felt right until now.
Only snag is my house is very, very small; I don't have a sensible place to put a tank any bigger than about 10g. I love the look of the modern nano tanks, but from browsing various fish forums, it seems many aquarists don't agree with putting fish in tanks 10g and under, think that pretty-looking nanos are the spawn of the devil, and believe people like me who want to put one in their house should be hung, drawn and quartered for animal cruelty. I was starting to get disheartened - then I found this subforum, saw the pictures of some of the gorgeous setups you guys have, and thought I'd drop in and say hi.
I haven't bought a tank yet - I'm still researching, but I think I'd like to do a betta setup. My dad and I kept cichlids when I lived at home and I loved their personality, but I just don't have space for a cichlid tank in this house - I figured bettas are also beautiful and characterful, but have the advantage of being much smaller!
I know about fishless cycling, but I'm a complete newbie to nanos and planted tanks (not much point in planting out a cichlid tank, after all), so...
?? Which nano tanks do you guys recommend for a betta? I'd like something sleek and modern looking; I was considering the Fluval Spec V but I'm open to suggestions. Also I have no idea at all where to start with plants - will I need to mod my tank to make it more plant friendly? All assistance greatly appreciated