Currently, all we have is a small (1") female Betta in a 1.75 gal
tank w/filter and heater.
We'd like to get a ~40 g planted tank (freshwater/tropical).
We'd love to have the Betta live w/the new community, but we can leave her solitary if that's better.
We want a planted tank and can maintain warmth if need be.
Where to start?
As far as lighting - what kind/intensity of lighting do I need for a healthy planted tank? Should I have a timer for 12 hrs on/off or is another timeframe better?
The tank will be in a living room.
What kind of fish do you recommend? I have two sons age 5 and 7 with some interest in it as well, but as most of you parents know, I'm sure I'll be doing 99% of the maintenance!