Can't the soil make the tank messy and dirty if it somehow gets disturbed or rooted up by something? I've been doing a lot of late night research and just discovered this. I'm kind of thinking about restoring this abandoned 40 gallon I have and turning it into a beautiful planted tank(what my developing mental image of it looks like anyways), and an NPT seems like a great option. Hard work, yes, but I can deal with that.
(im just asking generally anyone whos experienced in this kind of thing)
Does the substrate even need any cleaning?
What kind of snails would any of you recommend? Snails multiply quite easily, can they become a big nuisance or anything? What do you do with them when you have too many and need to remove them from the tank(if this happens)?
What kind or shrimp do you recommend?
How do you go about planting? Do you just stick them in the substrate where they're touching the soil?
BTW: I feel really dumb asking, but what is anaerobic soil?