07-10-2012, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Pearl2011
Is Eco Complete or Flourite better? Or the same thing?
No, very much a different thing. These are enriched substrates, at least supposedly; according to the manufacturers, they provide long-term release of nutrients to plants. I finally relented and bought Flourite for my 70g, and it cost me $180. I am not happy with the results, and in fact, this month I will almost certainly be pulling this tank down and replacing the Flourite with plain playsand which will cost me a grand total of $14 by comparison. I have had this tank running for over 15 months now, and the same species of plants are as good and in truth slightly better in my sand tanks. And I am having to add liquid ferts just the same in both. In my opinion, these products are not worth the money. And they are not good for substrate fish like corys; I still feel the sharpness of the Flourite with my hand when planting.
You'll find nothing less expensive than play sand, and it has no issues whatsoever for plants or fish.