this is not recommended and I can't believe I used to do this. But is does show an extreme for consideration.
What I used to do decades ago is just take a wastebasket to the local redimix place and get a buckedfull of whatever sand they had on the lot.
pour that in the tank, add water, stick in the plants and top off the last 1" of water in the tank.
What a mess!!!!!!!!!
I literally could not see 1/4" into the tank.
But then two days later the tank was crystal clear with everything having a dusting of whatever fell out of the water. And some floating stuff as well. The flowties sometimes would take a few weeks before they sank and the tank was totally clean.
I hate to think what would have happened if I ran a mechanical filterr of any kind.
But the tank supported fish just fine for years and years.
(now I use a layered approach which results in a tank that is clear right from the start. Undoubtly helped my just wetting the substrate and planting the plants before filling up the tank.)
perhaps our tanks are more forgiving then we realize.
Or beaslbob is just crazy
Still just my .02