This is 6 months update. The fish are called Sparkling or Pygmy gourami.
The Amano shrimplets probably will not do well b/c they require brackish water to survive.

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The setup video:

NO filter, NO CO2, NO Ferts Planted Tank Series:

This is a Walstad Method tank. The credit goes to Diana Walstad for publishing the organic soil substrate method.

Check out her book in the link below if interested.

The book that I read to make this aquarium:
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(Hard cover)
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad(digital)

4.6 gallon low iron rimless tank
5.4 gallon low iron rimless tank
50W heater
Heater cover so plants won't get burned
Tiny thermometer
Magnetic thermometer
(I'm using the tiny thermometer with a small rubber band to hold it in its place.)

Mini round shape magnet scrubber
Miracle gro organic choice potting mix
2~3mm gravel 20lb bag
2~3mm gravel 5lb bag

Aquarium scissors
Aquarium Tweezers
TetraMin Flakes (gourami and shrimp food)

Camera: LG v10 (manual mode) stock app

Clip 3 in 1 lens photo kit. I used the macro lens for close up shots.

The Best Growing Plants in this tank:
1. Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort)
2. Duckweed
3. Azolla imbricate (mosquito fern)
4. Najas Guadalupensis (guppy grass)
5. Bacopa caroliniana
6. Ludwigia Sp. Mini Super Red

The rest:
Hemianthus glomeratus (pearl grass)
Egeria densa (Anachris)
Didiplis diandra
Rotala rotundifolia (indica)
Dwarf hairgrass

Erik Satie:

Gnossiennes no. 1 played by Edward Rosser
Gymnopedie no.1 (Harp arr.) played by Peter J
Gymnopedie no.3 played by Kevin Macleodmore