So for Christmas 2016, my wife got me a 1/2 gallon fish tank. I couldn't wait to set it up and get a fish! So I started my research. I looked up every bit of information on Betta fish that I could find and man!, I've learned so much! I learned that the tank she got me for Christmas was to small. So I explained that to her and we went and got the minimum size tank that everything recommended to me. (After more research I feel I should have still gotten a larger thank) I got everything I thought I would need. Filter, heater, thermometer, gravel, fake plants, and a pH test kit. *note to self: complete research before you start spending money* I then learned that that's not all I will need. So, my research continued. In my latest research I discovered aquascapes. Having live plants in the aquarium with your fish is not only beneficial to the tank due to the plants using some of the toxins from fish waste but it also calms the fish down and gives them tons of things to play with and lay on and hide behind. So my research turned to that. What plants were safe or good for Betta fish. What plants could survive in such a small tank. How in the world do I grow underwater plants in the first place?! I bought a piece of MopanI driftwood from my LPS and thought it would be perfect for my small tank. They are also trying to help me find the specific Betta that I want. Research led me to the Chocolate Butterfly Half Moon Betta. It's black and sometimes blue with black and yellow half moon fins. It's such an amazing looking fish! I also found out that Anubias Nana, Java Fern, Java Moss, and Marimo Moss Balls are all perfect for Betta. It does seem like a lot of plants to put in such a small tank tho. The Anubias is a small plant that I can attach to a small rock to keep like toward the side of the tank and if I keep it trimmed down it won't get to big and the Betta will use it's leaves as a bed. Java Fern is a tallish plant that I need to do more research on. Along with the Amazon Sword. The Marimo Moss Balls come in a multitude of sizes. I will be looking for the small or nano size, probably 2 of them. Java Moss on the other hand is a free growing moss that can be attached to driftwood, rocks, decorations or can be tied down with mesh to create carpets and walls. I'm planning on using some to attach to my driftwood that is currently on it's 3rd day of soaking in the sink. Still leaching tannin's, but not nearly as bad as that first night. I'm going back and forth on creating a section of moss carpet for like one side or half of the bottom of the tank. I like the looks of it and the moss will catch any food or waste making it slightly easier to clean during weekly water changes. I plan on next Friday ordering the API Master Freshwater Test Kit, and possibly going to get a few plants. This way I can get it all set up that Friday to start the nitrogen cycle and maybe get my fish the next week. I might even give it two weeks just to ensure the tank is perfect for him when I bring him home. I've got a good little ways to go, but my excitement grows with every day. I had no idea I was this interested in fish! I do know that the moment life and funds and demands are met I will be upgrading my *hopefully* planted tank to a 10 gallon. Please if I have any of this wrong or even slightly incorrect, please correct me. I want to raise a happy healthy Betta and have an addition to my family of 3 female cats!