Hello Aqua Forum! Great looking community, I have been reading all the beginner guides and tips and finding all the information I have been looking for very neatly organized excellent source for a newbie like me! I hope I am posting in the right place, I just have a few beginner questions. I have been thinking about getting a tank for quite a long while now, but actually buying the tank today was very spur of the moment. I caught a great deal on a 55 gallon and considering I was originally looking at a 30 gallon, I am feeling kind of overwhelmed with the size. As I said this is my first tank (except a tiny one I had many years ago as a kid) so I have Zero experience!! I do realize all the work that is involved and I am nervous even thinking about live plants. Obviously I want to keep things very simple but, I also feel like a tank this size should not be filled with just plastic, LoL. I was wondering what people around here think of mixing just a few live plants in with fake plants, maybe on just one side of my tank?? Would that be tacky, or is it actually a bad idea? Is it alright to have a small area of substrate for live plants while the rest is gravel and fake plants?? I was thinking as a beginner, I could just have a few plants for "practice" to see how things go, and maybe I can add more later. Well I keep reading it is bad to move things around too much but I could keep it gradual. Also I realize the importance of a quarantine tank and will probably be setting one up in a few months, after I have a few happy fish. Any other beginner tips for live plants? Sorry if there are already guides out there, I just have been reading the Beginners sections as this is all completely new to me, but I will start reading the plant guides soon after finishing this post... I just need the simplest tips for starting out with plants so I do not get over whelmed. I have not made any real decisions yet on what I am doing with this tank (obviously fresh water for simplicity) as yesterday I had no idea I would have this big of a tank now, LoL... but as the next few weeks pass I will probably be around looking for help on what fish I should go with :;dete thanks for the help peace out One final question: any recommendations on filters? My aquarium came with an Aqueon hang-on-filter which seems pretty nice, but I think I might want a canister style? I am unsure though.