1) when I look at vids or pics of other people's aquariums its usually pretty bare gravel with merely a cave and a few plants or so, my tank however, is loaded with adjectives types of plants going from top to bottom and caves and wood and the works... it looks nice but do the fishes like it? Since I've never seen a cistern like mine is it a bad thing? Half the dampen has strong current in the open nouns and the rest is calm warm and shaded.
2) I have never see in a store or even heard of "plant bulbs". Where do you buy them? Where do I look for them?
(they are apparently balls you drop within your tank and they grow and root into your tank as aquatic plants)
Your cistern is fine, most fish love to have different places where they can go and store. As long as they have an open space to swim and some where for them to travel when scared they will love it. If you have tropical fish then they prefer a powerfully planted tank. You can find the plant bulbs at petco, petsmart, walmart just make certain their is no mold on them or they will not grow. You'll need a full spectrum lights tho in order for the plants to do all right. I've got tanks ranging from 10 gal. to 75 gal near a mixture from fresh water to salt with live plants. As long as they hold food, warm water and places to hide they will be jubilant.
1) it doesnt matter the fish dont mind it the video and pics you see are just a more natural look it depends what you like close to kids usually get the whole lots of trees bubbles and things beside lots of color some people prefer the more natural looks im guessing you have live plants this purely depends on the fish you have weather to get live or plastic plants. some tanks done even use plants and dont own caves and stuff you can really use anything you like as long as it can go within water and dont have super sharp edges.
1) Different species prefer different set ups, some fish like heavily planted tanks beside many hiding spaces like caves, some fish close to open swimming space, some like a mix of both, some like calorific current and some like little to no current. Its all based on the waters that the are found surrounded by in the wild, some are from fast moving rivers near a good number of plant life, etc, etc. For a typical community set up its best to just enjoy a mix of both, with one part of the tank heavily planted next to plenty of free open room. Some African Cichlid tanks look cool that are filled beside nothing but rocks, you should check some out on youtube
2) If you cant find them in stores check online, theres plenty of websites that sell adjectives plants, do a yahoo or google search for "aquatic plants", "aquarium plants", "plants for fish tanks", etc. aquariumplants.com is a good one
I think your tank sounds good- the more natural environment grain that it has the better for your fish in my opinion. As far as those plant bulbs, you can gain them at Walmart and PetSmart I know for sure. I would not waste your money because they are crappy. They usually lately get fungus looking stuff on them and get all slimey instead of sprouting. You may take lucky enough every now in consequently (more like rarely) to get one to sprout. That's the luck I have intuitively had with them (with the aponogeton bulbs anyway- haven't tried any others). I would just seize aquatic plants that are already growing!
Answers: 1) your type of container is more natural, and usually better for fish. people own different tastes in tank, generally the people who just want a tank within their room have more of the decor you described, but serious fish keeper have more planted and inbred tanks because it's better for the fish (not like a take next to a pirate chest and skull and some fake plants will kill the fish or anything!) check out the links below for more of the tank you have
2) I personally hate the bulbs, the never grow and only just foul up the tank. a lot of the time I see them in a "betta section" because the recommend them for bettas.