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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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CaribSea Flora Max vs. Eco-Complete

What's the difference between these two? Both of these are made by CaribSea and are called 'Planted Aquarium Substrate.'

Their description for Eco-Complete is considerably longer vs. Flora Max.

Eco-Complete is described as eliminating the need for laterite supplement while Flora Max is described as reducing the need for laterite.

Eco-Complete is described as rich volcanic soil containing many micronutrients as well as being 'live' helping to convert fish waste into plant food, as well as 'Now Containing Floraspore.' Flora Max lacks any such descriptions.

Sounds like I need to go with the Eco-Complete?
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They pretty much are the same thing as far as I know. Eco complete just has that special liquid additive in it so it's clean right away.

If your looking for the cheapest, I'd go with FloraMax
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FloraMax has the same thing, a packet called a BioMagnet or something. Supposed to clean up the dust faster. I used it when I did my 30 gal, seemed to work. In my 10 gallon I bought one bag and the stupid packet was already broken so oh well. It cleared up in no time.

I like FloraMax. Mostly because it is just as good as most stuff out there and it is cheaper and readily available in stores around me.

I will say depending on the plant and the size, it can be a little difficult to get started. I have some really tiny creeping jenny that was difficult to get started. Talking about an inch in height. I have started plenty of other plants without any issues though.
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I'd go with eco complete. Can't beat $16 a bag and free shipping from Petco. Besides it's clean right out the bag unlike flora max I believe might require a rinse
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FloraMax has the same thing, a packet called a BioMagnet or something. Supposed to clean up the dust faster. I used it when I did my 30 gal, seemed to work. In my 10 gallon I bought one bag and the stupid packet was already broken so oh well. It cleared up in no time.

I like FloraMax. Mostly because it is just as good as most stuff out there and it is cheaper and readily available in stores around me.

I will say depending on the plant and the size, it can be a little difficult to get started. I have some really tiny creeping jenny that was difficult to get started. Talking about an inch in height. I have started plenty of other plants without any issues though.
They both have the packet, but eco complete has "floraspore" which I imagine is some sort of mycorriza like organism that helps fix nutrients. Ecocomplete is also made with volcanic rock containing a lot more micro nutrients then floramax. Floramax is essentially a gravel/laterite mix with less available nutrients (from what I understand). That being said, I dont see much a of a difference between them.

I have both of them in two different tanks and during the first few months or so it does seem that my hygro will root up a bit better in eco complete but thats about the only difference I see with them. I am doing EI light dosing with root tabs and these are both low tech tanks, so there may be other circumstances where you would see a difference, but I dont see a whole lot.
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Flora Max looks like crushed up black lava rock to me. I like the look of it but, doubt there's anything special about it. I wonder if it's naturally black or dyed? Anyway, it rinsed clean fairly quickly.
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