Flourite sand vs peat moss
My name is Brian. I have some freshwater and planting experience, but not a whole lot.
I am new to the forum, but wanted to make a quick post about deciding which direction to go with my new tank setup that is on order. I will be using a "reef ready" cube tank and sump, with a bank of sponge filters and a carbon reactor down below. I am curious to know if anyone has had experience with both Seachem's Flourite black sand, as well as using peat moss and soil combination underneath a sand cap? Are there significant advantages to the soil method as far as root systems/nutrients go? I have never used just sand, but am interested in shying away from the soils and peat in order to have a cleaner tank while moving plants, and avoiding potential pockets of gasses and depleted nutrients. Sand would be easier in my opinion, but may offer less of a soft structure for roots to flourish.
Any thoughts? If you want I can post pictures in the months to come as the tank comes together. I am going away from "hang on the back" equipment for a cleaner look, and an increased ability to filter. I can oxygenate the water with the array of sponge filters in the sump, and place as many media reactors as I need to add additional chemical filtration if needed. Filter socks will do my mechanical filtering and the sponges will give me a bulletproof biological system that I can borrow from to seed other tanks in the future.