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SafeTSorb and playsand...?

First off I would like to say hi to everyone. I have a 75g tank I want to turn into a planted tank. I know next to nothing about plants but I want to give it a try. I also need to keep a tight grip on my budget of the wife will kill me... from what I have been reading on substrate I shoud be able to mix playsand and SafeTSorb or will it look "funny". Also would would be the most labor friendly way of adding nutrients to the tank. Thanks for the comments.
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Hi claude3rd,

Welcome!

It may look OK for a while, but the sand being denser and having a smaller grain size than the Safe-T-Sorb (STS) will eventually sink to the bottom and pretty much all you will see is the STS.

Time to do some reading on lighting and fertilizers, the two key ingredients of a planted aquarium.

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Try Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix as the bottom layer and top it with SafeTSorb
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Forget the sand.
Play sand does not work as well in aquariums as something like Pool Filter Sand, or sand blasting grit, and none of these will work with Safe-T-Sorb or any similar material.

The only way I can keep them apart is to make a retaining wall with expanding foam filler as mortar. Just using rocks without filling the spaces does not work.
I wanted to do a strip of sand in the front of a tank, and Soil Master Select in the back, deeper, behind some rocks. The sand slipped through the rocks and under the SMS. The SMS slipped through a over the rocks and ended up on top of the sand. I can look at the side of the tank and see the layers. Sand down there, a little blended band, then SMS on top.

Skip the sand, use pure STS.
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I wanted to use sand because I plan to have some Rams in the tank and I've read they prefer sand... I also have about 50lbs left over from my 180g tank and I was planning on using it. Is anyone keeping Rams in a tank with just STS?
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My Rams bred while I had a rather fine gravel in there.

I do not see a problem with Rams in a tank with a material similar to STS. I have seen them in tanks with ADA substrates, Flourite and a few others.
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Ok... I guess I will pick up some STS this wek end and start another project...
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