Ok here is Louie's 5.5 gallon finally 'done' (for now!)
I ended up deciding on the plain black gravel and using some larger natural stones for accents. I got the Java moss today and have started propagating some Java fern babies on a small piece of Malaysian driftwood in the front. There's hornwort, water wisteria, Mondo grass and Marimo.
I put up two pics, on without paper in the back and one with black paper as a background. Which do you like better? Louie is flaring at the back paper so I'm not sure if I can leave it up.
I have really enjoyed putting this tank together. My first 'real' aquarium has given me a ton of pleasure! I had NO idea I would love doing this so much. I might end up getting another tank for the bedroom.