In a very near future I'll have a new office space that will give me room to a tank. After some struggle (Fresh or salt, high end or simple, betta or guppies, fish or shrimp) I realized that a single male betta will be a perfect fit for me.
For the last week or so I have been doing my homework. What started as "let's just buy a self contained nano-cube and I'm all set" clearly evolved to something more elaborated. Brian_Nano12G has been very helpful. Actually, so helpful that we e-mailed each other over 10 times within the last 24hrs, leading to my private communication being suspended. (Brian, if you are reading this, sorry, I am not rude, the forum doesn't let me reply to you!).
Here is what I have so far. I don't want my budget to go way over US$200.00, so here it is:
Tank: low iron Mr. Aqua 12"x12"x12" glass cube on amazon for about 60 bucks;
Light: AL-12WM: Finnex FugeRay Unibody Ultra Slim LED
Fixture - 12" Daylight +Moonlights. About 50, and my understanding this will allow me to have some decent plants to keep everything sharp.
Heater: mini heater from hydor (15W) for about 15 bucks.
Now I need help with a good filtration system for a 6.6g tank that will not create a lot of current. As you know, Bettas are not strong swimmers and they like little to no current.
Plants will come once I read more, but with this light I believe I will not have any trouble with them suffering. If you have any suggestions, please add them here. Just be nice and don't use acronyms, and if a link is available, it is a lot easier for you to add a link than for me to google 30 of them.
Same thing about gravel, substrate, ornaments and (if necessary) the silk plants. I do like the looks of driftwood as background, with "grass" and smooth stones in the middle. something like this (plus the smooth stones) would be perfect:
Thank you for your help in advance.