I had to go out of town for a couple days so couldn't reply, but I just won a betta on ebay - The pictures of the other bettas also came from ebay, but the black and red one was purchased by someone else before I could get it and I lost the bid on the multi colored one
I really like the look of the one I'm getting though!
Thanks for the bamboo suggestion
I did a bit of research on lucky bamboo - not really bamboo, but looks good and easier to keep alive in an aquarium. There are lucky bamboo pineapples - the stalks are woven to sort of look like a pineapple. If I remove some of the stalks, I think it might make a really cool cave for the fish (and it'll look less like a pineapple lol). I could put that in the center of the tank and it looks just the right size that it won't take up much valuable swimming space. I'm also thinking of adding brazilian pennywort, some riccia fluitans, and some water sprite to the tank. In my head, those plants match lol. I think I'll make the background of the 10 gallon black too.
I'd really like to put an african dwarf frog in the tank as well. With the bamboo though, I think I'd have to have an open tank. I wonder if I left the water line an inch or two below the top of the tank if the frog would be ok or if he would try to escape by climbing the bamboo. I haven't read any escape stories online. Some people say that they've kept open tanks and never had any problem, and some say that every tank should just have a lid anyway. Any thoughts?
And if you have any suggestions for other plants, please let me know!