23 Simple Betta Fish Tank Ideas For Beginners!

Setting up a Betta fish tank can be an exciting project, especially for beginners looking to create a beautiful and functional environment for their fish.

In this post, we’ll explore 23 simple and stunning Betta fish tank ideas that are easy to set up and maintain.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced aquarist, these ideas will help you design a tank that not only looks great but also keeps your Betta happy and healthy.

simple betta fish tank ideas

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Bacopa Compact Or Cryptocoryne Petchii
  • Bucephalandra
  • Java Moss

This is a great beginner-friendly betta tank setup that most people should be able to complete with minimal issues.

You can use cheap bogwood for your driftwood, and most types of rock can be used in the midground without any problems.

Hygrophila Polysperma is an obvious choice for the background, but other options include Rotala Rotundifolia and Limnophila Sessiliflora.

Bacopa Compact or Cryptocoryne Petchii are both great choices for the midground plant on the left of the main piece of driftwood. Both work well in a betta setup.

For the foreground plant on the right, Bucephalandra is an excellent option, but a small Anubias variant could also work.

Most types of moss will be suitable for this tank setup, but I prefer Java Moss as it’s easy to find and inexpensive.

This type of tank provides plenty of hiding spots and cover for your betta, helping to keep it relaxed and happy.

simple betta fish tank ideas

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Limnophila Sessiliflora 
  • Bucephalandra
  • Java Moss

This is another excellent, simple betta fish tank setup that is beginner-friendly, looks great, and offers plenty of hiding spots for your betta.

A piece of Mangrove root would likely be the best option for the driftwood in this scape, but Dark Moor wood may work well too.

Most types of rock could be suitable for this setup, so choosing whatever is cheapest in your area is probably the best option.

If you look closely, there are two different leaf textures in the stem plant clump at the back left, with Hygrophila Polysperma and Limnophila Sessiliflora having similar appearances.

I use both of these stem plants together without issues in multiple tanks, and they are great options for a planted tank.

Again, I would recommend using Bucephalandra for the plant at the base of the driftwood to the right, but a small Anubias may work well too.

Java Moss and Christmas Moss could both work well for the moss in this type of tank, but Java Moss is usually cheaper and easier to find.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Rotala Orange Juice
  • Bolbitis Heduelotii
  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Vallisneria Or Eleocharis Acicularis
  • Java Moss
  • Monte Carlo

This may look like a slightly more advanced betta tank setup, but most beginners should still be able to recreate something similar with ease.

Although finding the perfect piece might be a bit challenging, you could probably use some cheap bogwood as the main driftwood centerpiece in this type of tank.

Small river pebbles can be used for detailing in the foreground at the base of the driftwood, helping to keep costs down.

This tank is more heavily planted than most of the other suggestions in this article, which is beneficial as it helps with water parameters and provides hiding spots for your betta fish.

Hygrophila Polysperma would be a great option for the stem plant on the back right, and with regular trimming and replanting, it should thicken out like in the photo.

Regular Rotala Rotundifolia could work as the stem plant to the left of the Hygrophila Polysperma, but Rotala Orange Juice might be a better option due to its similar color in the photograph.

Bolbitis Heduelotii would be an excellent choice for the epiphyte plant at the base of the driftwood, though it may require trimming to prevent it from taking over the tank.

Limnophila Sessiliflora is probably the best option for the stem plant behind the driftwood, although something like Pogostemon Erectus, which looks similar but usually requires CO2, could work too.

Vallisneria is likely the best option for the grass-like plant to the left of the driftwood, but it can quickly dominate a small tank due to its rapid growth rate and runner propagation.

A thinner alternative might be Eleocharis Acicularis, a type of hair grass that maxes out at around 6 inches (15 cm).

Java Moss is probably the easiest option for the moss growing on the driftwood and could even work as a carpet if you use pebbles to anchor it above the substrate.

Monte Carlo might be a better option for the carpeting plant, though it can be hit-or-miss without the use of CO2.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Echinodorus Aquartica
  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Bacopa Compact
  • Anubias Coin Leaf
  • Java Moss

This is another betta tank setup that looks advanced but can be surprisingly simple to build.

You’ll probably have the best luck with corbo catfish wood or a decent piece of bogwood for the main piece of driftwood, but other types can work as well.

Hygrophila Polysperma is a great option for the stem plant on the right of the driftwood. If you’re getting bored of Hygrophila Polysperma, consider the Hygrophila Rosanervig variant for a nice pink tint.

Though it’s a bit difficult to see in the photograph, something like Echinodorus Aquartica can be an excellent choice for the plant in the back left corner of the tank.

I would only recommend Echinodorus Aquartica in a betta tank that is at least 10 US gallons (38 liters) in size, as it is still a sword plant and can get quite large, though it is one of the smaller sword plants.

Limnophila Sessiliflora could work as the stem plant in front of the Echinodorus Aquartica, but honestly, I would just skip the stem plant in that area and let the Echinodorus Aquartica take the spotlight.

Bacopa Compact is a great option for the small midground plant to the left of the tank at the base of the driftwood, but something like a Cryptocoryne Wendtii could work as well.

Anubias Coin Leaf could work well as the epiphyte plant above the moss toward the right of the driftwood, but Bucephalandra could also be a good choice.

While I mentioned earlier that I prefer Bucephalandra over Anubias, that is specific to the nana and petite variants of Anubias. Anubias Coin Leaf, a cultivar of the extremely hardy Anubias Barteri, is currently the smallest option from the Barteri line.

It is very beginner-friendly and hardy, making it perfect when looking for a larger epiphyte for your tank.

Java moss should work well as the moss on the driftwood and rocks in this tank setup, but other types of moss can work too.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Anubias Coffeifolia
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Bucephalandra
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii
  • Java Moss

This is a simple betta tank setup that most people can easily build in a 5-10 gallon (19-38 liters) tank without any issues.

A decent piece of cheap bogwood should suffice for the driftwood, and river pebbles work well for the rocks.

Hygrophila Polysperma is an obvious choice for the stem plant on the left side of the tank, but it will require regular trimming to maintain its height.

Anubias Coffeifolia, another hardy Anubias, should work well as the leafy plant in the back left of the tank, providing a great mid-height option.

Bacopa Caroliniana is an excellent choice for the stem plant to the left of the driftwood, and its slow growth rate means it requires minimal maintenance.

Bucephalandra will work well as the epiphyte on the driftwood to the right of the Bacopa Caroliniana.

One of the smaller Cryptocoryne Wendtii variants should work well as the foreground plants on both the left and right sides of the tank.

As you might expect, Java Moss will be an excellent choice for the moss in this tank.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Java Moss
  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Anubias Coin Leaf
  • Eleocharis Acicularis

This is another really simple betta tank setup, with the hardest part likely being finding a piece of driftwood with the right shape.

Mangrove wood would probably be the easiest option, but I prefer bogwood despite the extra effort needed to find a great-looking piece, as mangrove wood can release particles into the water column.

Once you have your driftwood, just cover it in Java Moss and let it grow out.

Hygrophila Polysperma is perfect for the stem plant behind your driftwood, but Limnophila Sessiliflora or Rotala Rotundifolia can also work well if you want a different leaf texture.

Anubias Coin Leaf would work well as the epiphyte toward the bottom left of the driftwood, but Bucephalandra could work too.

Eleocharis Acicularis would be perfect for the hair grass at the base of the driftwood on the right, but other types of hair grass could also work.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Vallisneria
  • Java Moss
  • Hygrophila Rosanervig
  • Bacopa Compact
  • Cryptocoryne x Willisii

This is another tank design that is simple to create, but the most challenging part will usually be finding the right piece of driftwood.

Dragon Wood is probably your best option, but it can be pricey, so considering other types of wood may be more cost-effective.

Bacopa Caroliniana will work well as the stem plant at the back left of the tank, though its slow growth rate means it will take a while to fill out.

Vallisneria is the obvious choice for the spiky, grass-like plant toward the back right of the tank behind the driftwood, but planting Bacopa Caroliniana all along the back of the tank may be a better option.

Cover your driftwood in Java Moss or Christmas Moss and let it grow.

I would try Hygrophila Rosanervig as the leafy stem plant toward the front right of the driftwood and let it grow naturally.

Bacopa Compact should work well as the small plant at the base of the driftwood on the right, but regularly trimmed Bacopa Caroliniana could also work.

Cryptocoryne x Willisii would be a great option for the plant toward the base of the driftwood on the left.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Java Moss
  • Monte Carlo
  • Eleocharis Pusilla
  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Cryptocoryne Walkeri

This tank can work without CO2, but the plants will generally thrive much better with CO2 and moderate to high lighting.

There are various types of driftwood that could work well with this tank, but I recommend choosing the cheapest option since it will be covered in moss anyway.

Once you have your driftwood, cover it in Java Moss or another inexpensive moss and let it grow.

Your moss might create a carpet effect if anchored properly, but Monte Carlo is likely a better option, especially if you use CO2.

Eleocharis Pusilla will work well as the hair grass on the right-hand side of the tank, though Eleocharis Acicularis may also work if you trim it consistently.

Limnophila Sessiliflora is a good choice for the stem plant at the back left of the tank, but most easy stem plants should work.

Cryptocoryne Walkeri Var. Legroi can be tricky to keep, but it is one of the easiest ways to achieve a gold/brown color in a small plant for the left-hand side.

A brown variant of Cryptocoryne Wendtii could also work, but they tend to grow larger than Cryptocoryne Walkeri.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Java Moss
  • Echinodorus Aquartica Or Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
  • Eleocharis Acicularis
  • Cryptocoryne Petchii
  • Monte Carlo

This betta tank setup is relatively simple but may require consistent maintenance and trimming to keep it looking its best.

The specific type of driftwood doesn’t matter much since it will be covered with moss, so just go with the cheapest option.

Cover your driftwood with your chosen moss and let it grow, but be prepared for regular trimming to maintain the desired look.

Echinodorus Aquartica or Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green should work well for the two plants in the back right of the tank. Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green is probably better if you want two plants in that location. If you prefer a single plant, Echinodorus Aquartica is the better option.

Eleocharis Acicularis will work well as the hair grass in the midground on the right-hand side of the tank.

Cryptocoryne Petchii can be used for the three smaller plants towards the front left of the tank.

Monte Carlo is likely your best option for the carpet patches, but it usually thrives best with CO2 in the tank.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Weeping Moss
  • Monte Carlo
  • Anubias Coin Leaf
  • Bucephalandra

Like some of the other tank setups in this article, the most challenging part of replicating this design will be finding the right driftwood.

You will likely have better luck using multiple pieces of cheap bogwood and arranging them to replicate the desired shape. Finding a single piece with the exact shape and size will be difficult and potentially expensive.

For this setup, I recommend Weeping Moss over Java Moss. Weeping Moss will look far better once grown out, especially with its hanging appearance on the left-hand side of the driftwood.

Creating the two columns on the right-hand side with moss can be tricky. Many people wrap moss around spare airline tubing (used to connect an air pump to a sponge filter) and let it grow out.

The carpet in this tank can be created with various plants, but Monte Carlo is probably the most common choice.

Anubias Coin Leaf should work well as the epiphyte towards the bottom right of the driftwood, though other epiphytes can also be used.

Bucephalandra is ideal for the epiphyte halfway up the driftwood, and most types of Bucephalandra should work well.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
  • Bucephalandra
  • Moss

This style of tank setup is simple to create but will require frequent maintenance, so always factor in the time commitment when planning your tanks.

Rotala Rotundifolia is ideal for the center background of the tank, and it can develop nice coloration to resemble the photograph. Depending on availability and your specific setup, Rotala Orange Juice might be a better option.

Bacopa Caroliniana is a good choice for the plant on the right side of the tank, but Bacopa Compact could also work well.

For the tiny plant on the driftwood, Bucephalandra would be a suitable option.

Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green is great for the plant in the back left of the tank, though other Cryptocoryne Wendtii types could work, albeit with different colors.

Depending on the time you have for trimming, most types of moss could work for this tank. However, a carpeting plant may be better in some areas for a more cohesive look.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Limnophila Sessiliflora Or Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Hygrophila Red
  • Cryptocoryne Walkeri
  • Eleocharis Acicularis
  • Bucephalandra
  • Staurogyne Repens
  • Monte Carlo

This tank is simple to set up but will require a fair amount of maintenance.

Thankfully, the driftwood and rocks in this tank should be cheap and easy to find, with bogwood and river rock being perfect for this setup.

Limnophila Sessiliflora or Hygrophila Polysperma should work well as the green-stem plants at the back of the tank, while Hygrophila Red can be used as the brown-stem plant. However, Hygrophila Red can be difficult to find, so Hygrophila Rosanervig, with its pink tint, might be a better option.

For the midground and left of the tank, Cryptocoryne Walkeri Var. Legroi can serve as the brown plant, and a brown or red Bucephalandra can work as the brown plant towards the center.

Eleocharis Acicularis can be used as the hair grass plant in the back left corner of the tank, but other types of hair grass should perform just as well, so go with whatever is cheap and available in your area.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Java Fern
  • Microsorum Pteropus Trident
  • Cryptocoryne Walkeri
  • Moss
  • Monte Carlo

This is another simple betta tank setup that should be easy to build and maintain, making it perfect for beginners short on time.

Corbo catfish wood could be a good option for this tank, but bogwood may be the best choice as it is cheap and easy to find, although it may lack additional branches.

Any type of rock should work fine for this betta fish tank, so go with whatever is affordable.

For the back of the tank, regular Java Fern could be an ideal choice for both the back left and back right.

For the forward-facing smaller plant, you might want to switch to a single Microsorum Pteropus Trident (a shorter Java Fern variant), but regular Java Fern will be fine for the background.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Ludwigia Mini Super Red
  • Bucephalandra
  • Moss

This betta tank setup looks great and is simple to set up and maintain, making it a fantastic option for people new to the hobby.

Finding driftwood with as much detail as the piece in the picture might be tricky, so just work with what you have.

Limnophila Sessiliflora will work perfectly for the stem plant to the left of the main piece of driftwood in the photograph.

A single stem of Ludwigia Mini Super Red can be used for the red stem to the right of the Limnophila Sessiliflora, but most people might skip this unless they already have some Ludwigia Mini Super Red or another red Ludwigia variant to take a cutting from.

You can use Rotala Rotundifolia as the stem plant at the rear of the driftwood, but Rotala Orange Juice could work well too.

Bucephalandra or a small Anubias variant can be used for the plant detailing at the base of the driftwood, with Anubias Nana or Petite potentially being a better choice due to their green color.

Most types of moss could work well in this tank, but if you want the different moss textures shown in the photograph, you will usually need to use different types of moss.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo
  • Moss

Provided you have a decent lighting unit that can provide moderate to high lumen output for your tank, this setup should be simple to maintain.

Starting with the back right in the photograph, Bacopa Caroliniana should do the job perfectly.

Limnophila Sessiliflora should work well for the stem plant in the back left, though it won’t have that star-shaped leaf that stands out.

Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green will work well for the green plants in the left and right corners, but other green plants could also work.

For the red plant, you can use Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo, but this is why you will need a high-output light.

This type of red plant can struggle with a regular stock light and even some moderate output lights, so keep this in mind when planning your betta tank.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Ludwigia Mini Super Red
  • Bucephalandra
  • Anubias Nana Petite
  • Java Moss

This betta tank setup is quite simple, even with a red plant, and a moderate output lighting unit should be enough to help these plants thrive.

Mangrove wood is probably your best bet, but bogwood can also work well if you don’t mind less detail.

Rotala Rotundifolia is perfect for the single stem plant at the rear of the tank, but I would recommend planting 5-8 stems in the background as a minimum.

Ludwigia Mini Super Red is an excellent option for the red plant. Plant it in the background substrate and ensure there’s nothing blocking the light.

I would use different types of Bucephalandra and some Anubias Nana Petite as my epiphytes for the driftwood. This variety will provide a range of colors from green to brown to red, bringing the whole tank together.

Java Moss is ideal for the large clump of moss on the hardscape on the right and can also be used in other areas of the tank.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Bucephalandra
  • Cryptocoryne Petchii
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
  • Java Moss
  • Monte Carlo

I know the tank in the photograph looks beautiful, but it will be challenging to replicate the bright reds with the plants currently available in the hobby, so expect the reds to be duller.

Bogwood will work as the main piece of driftwood in this tank, but it may take some time to find one as detailed as this. I suggest going with what’s available and building the aquarium.

Rotala Rotundifolia is perfect for the stem plant in the back left of the tank. You can easily bush it out by trimming it low and replanting its clippings.

The red and brown variants of Bucephalandra are your best bet for red epiphyte plants, but they won’t be as bright as those in the photograph.

Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green can be used in the back right corner, and Cryptocoryne Petchii can be placed in the midground on the right.

Java Moss will work well for the clumped moss in the top right and can be used for other moss clumps in the tank, provided you keep it trimmed.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Vallisneria
  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Ludwigia Mini Super Red
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo
  • Bucephalandra
  • Monte Carlo

Although this betta tank is easy to set up, it requires a higher-powered light, so purchasing a decent aftermarket lighting unit is recommended if you want to try this tank.

Finding the perfect hardscape for this layout can be challenging, so work with what you have.

Bacopa Caroliniana will work well as the stem plant to the right of the main piece of hardscape, but Rotala Rotundifolia could also work.

The main clump of plants directly behind the driftwood seems to be mixed, so planting Hygrophila Polysperma and Vallisneria in the same area could give a similar effect.

Depending on how red you want your pops of color, you could use Ludwigia Mini Super Red and keep it trimmed, or go with Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo.

Using different types of Bucephalandra for detailing the driftwood will also help you replicate this style of betta tank.

Any easy carpeting plant should work well in this setup if you are using a high-powered light, but I would recommend Monte Carlo.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Ludwigia Mini Super Red
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo
  • Amazon Frogbit
  • Java Moss

This setup is very simple, but I recommend opting for a tank with more footprint space than height if possible. Some betta fish can struggle to swim vertically as they get older, making it difficult for them to get food from the surface and move around their tank.

A cheap piece of bogwood should be enough to serve as the main hardscape centerpiece in this tank. River pebbles should work well as the stones on the substrate, helping to keep things affordable.

For plants, I would use Limnophila Sessiliflora in the left corner and possibly in the right corner too, even though that’s a different plant in the photograph. Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo is ideal for the red plants in the midground, while Ludwigia Mini Super Red works well for the red plants in the background.

The roots of Amazon Frogbit floating on the surface can create a hanging root effect, and betta fish usually love floating plants as they make them feel safe. Java moss can be used on the top right of the hardscape, but most types of moss would work there.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Ludwigia Mini Super Red
  • Bacopa Compact
  • Moss

This next aquarium is another simple setup that betta fish will love. Again, the most challenging part of this tank setup is finding driftwood in the shape you want.

Hygrophila Polysperma will be a great option for the back left. I recommend using a minimum of 5-8 stems rather than just 2-4.

For the red stem plant, Ludwigia Mini Super Red is an excellent choice, but I would typically use more stems than shown in the photograph.

Below that, Bacopa Compact makes a nice, short midground plant that is easy to care for.

For the back right, Limnophila Sessiliflora can serve as the background stem plant for a splash of green. Alternatively, you can anchor some moss onto the driftwood in that area.

Place the rest of the moss around the driftwood to achieve a look similar to the aquarium in the photograph.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Hygrophila Pinnatifida
  • Cryptocoryne Walkeri
  • Eleocharis Acicularis
  • Monte Carlo
  • Moss

Here’s another simple betta tank idea, but for this one, you may want to ensure you have a lighting unit with moderate lumen output and consider dosing CO2.

Choose a good-looking piece of driftwood, and you can shop around at your local aquascaping store to find something that fits.

For plants, Hygrophila Polysperma would do well in the back right corner behind the driftwood.

To the left of that, Hygrophila Pinnatifida could be anchored directly onto the driftwood or placed on a ceramic ring resting on the substrate. However, Hygrophila Pinnatifida thrives best in tanks with moderate to high lighting and CO2 injection, making it one of the best fern-like plants.

At the base of the driftwood, Cryptocoryne Walkeri Var. Legroi could offer a gold/brown color.

Eleocharis Acicularis can be used for the small tufts of hair grass around the driftwood, but most types of hair grass should work, especially with moderate to high lighting and CO2.

Monte Carlo is a great option for your carpeting plant. It should thrive in a tank with decent lighting and CO2, making it an excellent choice for the carpet.

Most types of moss will work well when attached to the driftwood, helping to complete the look.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Anubias Caladiifolia
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo
  • Bolbitis Heduelotii
  • Bucephalandra
  • Anubias Nana Petite
  • Weeping Moss
  • Monte Carlo

This is a simple betta fish tank idea for a rectangular-shaped tank that could work well for a 5-gallon but is probably best in a 10-gallon aquarium.

Cheap bogwood and rocks will work fine for this type of aquascape, so try to keep your costs low.

Starting with the back left corner, Bacopa Caroliniana should work well and help reduce overall tank maintenance due to its slow growth rate. Alternatively, Hygrophila Polysperma or Limnophila Sessiliflora can work too.

Moving along the left side, Anubias Caladiifolia could work well in front of the Bacopa Caroliniana due to its short height and nice leaf size.

On the right-hand side, Cryptocoryne Wendtii Flamingo could do really well in this type of tank and add a nice splash of red color to your scape.

This particular aquascape has a variety of plants anchored to the driftwood. Bolbitis Heduelotii, Bucephalandra, and Anubias Nana Petite could all work well.

Weeping Moss could be a great choice for the moss hanging off the driftwood on the right-hand side, and you could try Monte Carlo for your carpet.

simple betta fish tank idea

Plant List

  • Limnophila Sessiliflora
  • Hygrophila Polysperma
  • Cryptocoryne Wendtii
  • Monte Carlo

This is another beginner-friendly betta tank aquascape that can be done with just three or four plants, depending on your preference.

Bogwood works well as the driftwood for this setup, though other types can also be used.

In the photograph, there are two different leaf textures behind the driftwood. Stems of Limnophila Sessiliflora mixed with stems of Hygrophila Polysperma could replicate this effect perfectly.

You could try Monte Carlo for the carpet, but I would lean more toward growing a Cryptocoryne field in this tank.

In theory, you could use different variants of Cryptocoryne Wendtii as the other plants in the tank, or just stick to one type of Cryptocoryne Wendtii if you prefer uniformity.