Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Humarock - Boston MA
My first planted tank was a 55g with pfs. Heavily planted, no root tabs, but was also decently stocked with geophagus cichlids, and tetras, and plecos, and I rarely vacuumed to allow waste to break down into the sand, and be absorbed into the roots. I did use flourish though. I also think the pfs is a decent light reflector compared to other substrate options.
I'm not into the image, but into the hobby...