Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New Orleans, LA
Sand can be a great substrate if you fertilize the water column instead.
James is right about #1 in most cases, but sand and eco-complete look wonderful together, trust me (black and white).
You might consider trying plants without spending a lot of money on flourite. Or buy 2-3 bags of ecocomplete and take out about half your sand. Put the eco in the bottom/back and the sand on top/up front. they'll mix a bit, which is fine. Looks real nice in my tank.