Always always always, ever since I first got into Bettas, I've wanted a completely natural tank. As in something like a thousand gallon black water stream with lots of Bettas together. And hundreds of plants... and some fish that are found in Thailand and are compatable.
One day, I WILL setup a completely natural tank like that (In my dreams...). I probably wont have the money for it until I'm 30, but it's my big goal to have a giant fish tank one day.
For now all I have is a little 10 gallon, and I want to add tannins to the water like in a blackwater stream, but I don't want rotten IAL's all over the surface and bottom. I've read that it helps a lot to use peat moss in the cartridge, and to add driftwood and LOTS of plants (Tallest in the back) and little to no flow. I think that would make Neon the worlds happiest Betta, because from my understanding Bettas greatly benefit from tannins.
How would I get a setup like that though? I'd probably also add pygmy cories and Neon tetras too, BTW, and I'll be using RO water so I don't have silicates in my tank. I'd hate to see diatoms in a natural tank like that... Or in any tanks.
For some reason when ever I setup my tanks they turn out the opposite of what I wanted! My current tank was supposed to be natural... Lol. But I did get inspired at a plant store when they were setting up this 70 gallon tank for one of their complex setups, they had this awesome soil-like substrate sloping up hill, with bits of either driftwood or rock sticking out of the substrate, and I think I should do that with driftwood for a natural look and to add tannins. But I'm not sure something like that would be enough...
BLEH. So, once again, how do I get a natural, tannin-filled tank? (And which would look more natural to you, soil or sand?)