Originally Posted by xigtc
Didn't know if real or fake would be best and exactly what all is needed.
In my experience thus far, fake plants in smaller tanks are more trouble than their worth if kept for too long. They work great as a temperary solution to offer comfort to the fish while your real plants are being added. But, remove them as you can because they require lots of cleaning, especially if you get the type with the "needle-like" leaves. I hate those! They collect anything and everything that may be passing by on it's way to the filter intake. They require a lot of cleaning. The types with the flat leaves are much better, and silk are even better than the plastic giving a more realistic look and softer to avoid injury to your fish.
As Mumma said, your Skirt Tetras will become very nippy unless they are in a larger shoal. 6 is bare minimum and 8 is great. I have kept these guys and love them. Cute little fish.
BTW, I am so glad you were able to find a home tonight for your fish!!!! That is terrific news!