Short clip, shrimp seem to be hiding today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYNfjCNvTks
So, a little more information on this weird 'dirty looking' bowl (according to my roommate, haha)...
When researching methods to help keep plants alive and balance it with maintenance so that I wouldn't have to change water multiple times per week, a way to buffer the balance of nitrate buildup... I came across what was called the "Walstad Method" or Naturally Planted Tanks - NPT.
I was originally hoping to find a way to implement this in existing setups, but to test it out (because I was very skeptical) I went out and found the perfect punch bowl to test it in. It cost under 20$ and is over 3g capacity... plus I have a bunch of cute cups now in my kitchen.
I've since seen similar bowls at Michael's hobby & craft supply store in their floral section for under 15$.
I had a heck of a time finding 'suitable' soil around here, and we made a pit stop on at the Home Depot on the skirts of town while needing to pick up some plywood and lo-and-behold... Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix! Yay. This is the most recommended variety.
... So... I made my first mistake pretty early on, and please learn from it - Do not just pour some water on top of the dirt to measure it (wet measure - 1 inch to 2 inches is what you want)... It'll seem like there isn't enough, isn't enough... MUD! That isn't what you want. Invest in an el cheapo 1$ spray bottle and just gently spray it, this makes it dirty your water WAY less later.
Add your under gravel heater and anything you want to run underneath here.
So after adding some mud to the bottom, I capped with gravel which unfortunately sunk in a lot because mud. Then I added pool filter sand which kinda stayed on top. Eventually it worked out, but when setting up my 5.5g I gently sprayed and it made life so much easier.
Then I planted it entirely before adding water, this helps with random plumes of mud all over. After that, I added a small pot to the middle and gently poured water in to the pot, this helped raise it slowly without disturbing the plants and gravel. I highly recommend this method.
After, I tossed in my marimo ball, a ton of tetra safe start, a DIY sponge filter & some shrimp accompanied by 'free' guppies. There were about 2 dozen originally, but I've spread them over all my tanks now.
This past week I added Buddy my blue butterfly betta, and he now merrily rules his kingdom.
The water grew tanniny with time, and that is fine with me. I am hopefully partially doing the same thing with my new 40g Breeder, but not positive when I shall set that up.