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Sand as an only substrate?

I love the look of sand in aquariums and am thinking of using pool filter sand in my upcoming tank. After poking around a few threads, I'm seeing that most people put a layer of MTS or some other substrate under their sand. Is this necessary? Or can you just use the sand with some nutrients/root tabs for the plants and still have much success?
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I used play sand only, and put rootmedic tabs by the plants and had good growth.
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Pool filter sand with root tablets, or osmocote ought to work OK. Just make sure to bury the fertilizer all the way to the bottom of the tank under the sand.
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Can definitely do fine with just sand and root tabs, +water column ferts if you need it. that's what I have in my tank ^^

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Sweet! bought a bag yesterday. Thanks!
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i have just sand in my tank! don't feel left out..

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make sure you WASH THE SAND. you need to wash, wash,wash,wash,wash,wash,wash, and WASH SOME MORE!! if you dont wash youll have cloudy water. i celaned mine really good, and had no cloudiness


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make sure you WASH THE SAND. you need to wash, wash,wash,wash,wash,wash,wash, and WASH SOME MORE!! if you dont wash youll have cloudy water. i celaned mine really good, and had no cloudiness
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If you don't rinse your sand very well you can end up with a crazy thick nasty film on everything. Its just the micro particles that won't settle but the foam it creates sticks to everything and can really jam up a filter. I have a sand tank with Seachem root tabs and I get awesome growth out of my swords and crypts...
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Yes, even the pool filter sand, which is graded to be all one size. Well, some particles rub against each other during shipping, and create some fines.
Nowhere near as bad as play sand, though.
If you rinsed away all the fines in play sand I'll bet you'd wash away half the bag of stuff you bought.
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Good to know! I was wondering about how much I was going to have to wash it. Thanks for the advice!

I actually picked up another bag yesterday so that I can also use it in one of my smaller tanks, and so I'd be sure to have enough, so I now have 100lbs. Whatever I don't use in a tank will probably end up as a mixing media for painting at some point.
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