If you want the look of a sand bed with the ease of a bare bottom You can do what i did glue some pool filter sand to a hdpe cutting board. Easy to cut with a jig saw.
Trowel some silicone on the boards then cover with sand of choice, let dry for a few days. Line the bottom of your tank and enjoy.
I have around 10k gph
flow in my tank and no sand storms.
Most people create their own problems by not following the basics and refusing to stock appropriate to their system. Gregcoyote 2013
SPS = Stability Promotes Success