I hated the messy look I had going. My moss had SO MUCH algae. I wanted a minimal look, easy to clean. I saw a goldfish tank that had white sand, pond stone and no plants that I used as inspiration sort of.
I'm hoping this set up will be better. The sand I bought says easy to siphon so that's hopefully a plus.
My sponge filter still has the algae so that'll be good for the shrimpies.