I'll start with a bit of background. I've had a few planted tanks in the past, but they've all been "moderately successful." And by that, I mean plants and bettas (and a few snails/shrimp) have lived well, but my plants never really thrived, and my layout was always impulsive and never thought out. This will actually be the largest tank I've had so far (due to space limitations.)
I have a 16 gallon I'm planning out, and unfortunately that's basically the largest tank I can get.
I basically want an Order and Chaos kind of theme. I have pretty bad ADHD (primarily inattentive,) and its basically a reflection of what goes on in my head. Things are a complete mess, but are also ordered and organized.
SOO the idea is to basically have a piece of bonsai driftwood (that I already impulse ordered) with something attached (Christmas moss is the plan rn) on the far right side, and for the left side to be kind of an overgrown almost wild area. I want the "chaos" to bleed into the "order", so Vals are one of the plants I really think I'll use (so they can grow out and end up floating into the order)
I've been going back and forth between using sand around the base of the bonsai because it'll make it look cleaner, but I don't know if 16 gal would be too small to make that idea look good in the tank.
The second thought was to have a carpet in both sides to help blend the two halves, but I'm not sure the lighting will be sufficient.
I also have a lot of questions regarding what fish to stock (I'm pretty adamant that I want shrimp,) but I also have a blind diamond eye betta that I'd like to keep in the tank too. But I think I'm supposed to post that under the fish topic?
This whole project is such a practice in patience for me. I really want to impulse purchase everything like I have in the past, but I know that's not the way for me to succeed this time around. Its torture, but it also makes me smile