Make sure you have the needed plants on hand before you start a soil based tank or it could end badly
Look for potting soil that is all natural with no additives 11/2 inch and 1in sand on top of that, add water to 1 inch above this carefully so not to disturb the layers and plant the stem plants and sword, fill with water, and then do a couple of 50% water only changes and then fill, add the heater and filter if you plan to use them and sit on a east or south window, if the water clears up and you have enough plants add the fish and other livestock and then make 50% water only change every day or so, monitor the temp so not to cook the fish and plants
If you have trumpet snail add them if not poke the soil with something every day or so until the stem plants start growing to prevent anaerobic dead spots until the plants start bring oxygen into the soil.
A little tricks-
add your potting soil and then water just to cover but not enough that you have pools of water and then top off with dry sand and then cover with more water an inch above the sand and then plant
You don't have to rinse the sand, the back to back water only changes will do this
You do want to sift the potting soil and get any big pieces of wood out and clumps