LittleBettaFish - those tanks are beautiful. The blyxa may not necessarily belong, but it looks wonderful.
Native tanks always seem to be more impressive to those who don't have the same fish around them. When I show people pictures of darters and dace they always oohh and ahhh, but to me they are just backyard fish. I would love to see some pictures of what you have already done with it.
I think the impressiveness of the tank goes up based on how rare the fish are in that location. My incredibly cheap little medaka (sadly, my wild caught passed away recently) seem to be hard to find outside Japan, my native little freshwater shrimp almost unheard of, and my local loach something exotic. The type of goby planned is also native to a lot of other places, so isn`t quite as interesting.
For me it is just easy to do a native tank. Everything is easy to obtain and information abounds (even if it is aimed at people raising them for bait - like the loaches).
I would show the tank, but it looks nothing like it should at this point.
The fish and shrimp are fine, the wood and rocks are fine, but the gravel at this point is white (easy to see and remove from atop the soil) and there is hornwort standing in for the planned spiralis and palustris.
The tank doesn`t look horrific, but it certainly isn`t a biotope at this point.