2 gal cookie jar, $9. Do 1-50% water change and 1-100% water change in a 1 week period. About every 3rd day. Plants in soil work best so fish don't get caught in roots. Try this out without a fish for a week if using plants and test water.
Live aquarium - AZ gardens, Tucson, AZ: "Building a tank like this is actually Easy! Picking just the right large rock specimens may be just outside in your own backyard...in addition, using things like stack stones & plants like Christmas Moss, Crypts, and African bolbitus in abundance can truly set a aquascape off from anything else you've ever built..."