I would suggest plants, maybe even a NPT, I have one, so much easier. There are less water changes, ask OFL her 55 gallon gets 4-5 water changes a year, that is after the tank matures though.
You will need organic dirt, lots of stem plants (enough to fill 75% of the tank floor) and floating plants. I would suggest talking to OFL before, if you do go down this path.
15 Gallon NPT
1g no tech bowl in the making