Kids have been begging for a pet for a while, so we relented somewhat and I recently started them off with one Betta each, in separate small tanks. Even though not the type of pet one can really interact with, so far they love it. It has also got me more interested than I had expected, and I think we're ready to step up to a decent size aquarium tank and fill with 7-10 fresh water fish (while still maintaining the Bettas separately). I'm doing my own research before jumping in, but was wondering if any SBAF'ers have aquarium experience? Any tips on which fish are somewhat easy to maintain? Do I need live plants? Any specific fish or plants to avoid? Only requirement so far is a Black & White Clownfish that we saw on the last trip to one of the local aquarium shops. And I'd like to stay away from Goldfish. As I read up on all this, it seems I may need to keep one or more species that need like-type companionship (e.g. Guppies in groups of 3) if I'm looking to keep flexible (not strict/tight temperature) water conditions.