I don't post on here. I did a few times, but I'm more of a lurker. However, I decided to take the time to post and say thank you for all the information. Because of the time and effort people take to post information, steps, materials, etc. to achieve a beautiful tank, my tank has gone from bland to "wow, I can't believe my tank looks like this". I wanted to share a few before and after pictures. As a bonus, a few pics of my betta Zazu goofing off with his best friend Speedy (snail) and baby corycat Spazz. The second picture shows how many plants I planted, and between that picture and the last full tank one, no additional plants were added! The time frame for the plants to grow that much is about 9 months.