Nice. I actually prefer the look of sand tanks and really dark substrates like Eco complete, but I was on a very tight budget. The sand looked alot better than my turface does, but once the plants fill out it won't be too noticeable, especially if the carpet fills in lol
It's just an iPhone pic. Whatever kind those are. I'll let you know if I want to do an order. What sort of planning are you doing? Just more plants, or a new tank, or what? I'd definitely like to try something different in my tank that I haven't done before but I'm not a master of plant species knowledge so I'm not sure what would grow and what wouldn't.
I like those types of tanks as well. Most of them need co2 though. I really like the overgrown jungle look but subtly scaped mainly by bunching plant species. I won't be tearing down my tank for a redo again for some years but just replacing species one by one as I feel so inclined.
If you're redoing your substrate and are interested...I've got a bunch of mineralized topsoil left over. This stuff works like a charm, is super cheap, and a royal pain in the neck to make. I did way too much for fear of not having enough lol.
Definitely let me know if you wanna try it. I've done this successfully with delicate fish like blue rams, cardinal tetras, and otos with no deaths. Matter of fact the only fish deaths I've had since I started doing dirt tanks is due to predation and old age. It's pretty fool proof as long as you buy the right dirt. My only issues I'm having are a big of algae but that is due to probably having too intense of light.