How do I make this 10 gallon tank look good???

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I have a a 10 gallon tank that is completely cycled, and I am either going to be putting some Enders livebearers or guppies or a betta fish in this tank. I am not going to be doing a planted tank I don’t think, because I really don’t have the budget for it right now. I wanted to be able to hide my heater and hang on the back filter, but I’m really not sure how to. I tried in this picture here to stack up some rocks too look like a water fall or something in the water, and thus had to lower my water level, but I really don’t want to have to do that. I could get some drift wood and fake plants and some rocks, but I’m just really bad at aquascaping... Any ideas would be appreciated!
 

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If you’re gonna try to get driftwood you should at least get something cheap like java moss or java fern or moss balls without real plants it won’t look as natural But the rocks look okay but I suggest moving the sticks somewhere else
 

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I agree with XstuddahX. Java moss, java fern, and marimo moss balls are all really cheap and shouldn't cost more than $25 total. The moss balls might get up to around $10, but those live forever and are basically impossible to kill. All three also don't need any ferts or special lighting. I also recommend hornwort; I got mine at Petco for $5. All of them grow pretty fast. Good luck! Your tank looks cute right now. But bettas do appreciate live plants.
 

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Maybe a few floating plants. Salvinia minima and giant duckweed could work. FLoating/surface plants take up lots of nutrients so that's good. They(like almost everyother plant) also give shade to the fish which can lessen stress, at least that's what I have heard.
 
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Maybe a few floating plants. Salvinia minima and giant duckweed could work. FLoating/surface plants take up lots of nutrients so that's good. They(like almost everyother plant) also give shade to the fish which can lessen stress, at least that's what I have heard.
Well as I said in the beginning, I don't have a ton of money to spend on a light and live plants, and I am just looking for a relatively easy setup, so any ideas that don't include live plants?
 

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BBetta said:
I have a a 10 gallon tank that is completely cycled, and I am either going to be putting some Enders livebearers or guppies or a betta fish in this tank. I am not going to be doing a planted tank I don’t think, because I really don’t have the budget for it right now. I wanted to be able to hide my heater and hang on the back filter, but I’m really not sure how to. I tried in this picture here to stack up some rocks too look like a water fall or something in the water, and thus had to lower my water level, but I really don’t want to have to do that. I could get some drift wood and fake plants and some rocks, but I’m just really bad at aquascaping... Any ideas would be appreciated!
Most petco/petsmart plants are pretty cheap. Also you can get a 500ml bottle of flourish for 10 dollars. Or a pack of 10 flourish root tabs for 6 dollars. It really doesn't cost much to plant a ten gallon. Java fern, java moss, anubias nana, and pennywort I've gotten from petco/petsmart and I'm a broke twelve year old.
 

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BBetta said:
Well as I said in the beginning, I don't have a ton of money to spend on a light and live plants, and I am just looking for a relatively easy setup, so any ideas that don't include live plants?
you could get green fake plants. Driftwood with green silk plants could look good. Don't get any plastic ones because fish can get really injured on them.
 

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BBetta said:
Well as I said in the beginning, I don't have a ton of money to spend on a light and live plants, and I am just looking for a relatively easy setup, so any ideas that don't include live plants?
Oh I'm sorry didn't see everything lol. I don't have any ideas, but Bettafish1 has some ideas it seems. This isn't meant to be rude or anything, but floating plants don't need a ton of light, sunlight from a window should be good. But if you want fake plants, I would go with more natural looking ones that are made of silk in the back, with maybe a few pebbles around the tank or in the front. I'm not really good at aquascaping though, so idk. I would just go with more silk plants; driftwood is kinda expensive and lowers the ph(I don't really know if boiling it would help) which is something you don't really want with endlers.
 

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Hello! Your tank looks great, but if you are getting a betta I would recommend live plants because sharp and plastic plants can hurt betta fins. Live plants also help with parameters, but eventually it's your choice :)
 

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