Okay, I know this probably sounds ridiculous, but hear me out.
My betta died recently (pretty much from old age, I can't figure out what else it could have been), so now I have an empty 5gal heated, filtered tank staring at me all the time. It's maddening.
Anyhow, I've been wanting to make a natural planted tank, and I think this would be the perfect time. Only part that may be different (I don't know, but I can't find anything online about it) is:
1.) I have no desire to cap with sand. Don't know how that will work, so I'm going to set everything up and just not buy a new betta till I'm 100% everything is fine.
2.) I want to use rice plants or something similar to rice (grassy plant that loves to have its feet wet). The depth of water would be fine, rice paddies are drained for harvest, so that doesn't matter, etc. I just love the look of grasses in water.
I suppose I'm going for some sort of bog set up, as I've procured some creeping water primrose (not the same as the typical aquarium plant) from a nearby lake and am currently holding it in a bowl to make sure it's pest free.
I'll probably add a few easy aquarium plants, too. Most likely. Wisteria, java moss.. That kind of thing.
Any opinions or tips??? If you think I'm nuts and shouldn't waste my time, I'll hear you out, but probably won't listen. Lol