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Old 03-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Fine vs Course grade.


Hi guys, I'm currently torn between buying course grade Eco-Complete substrate and fine grade. I will be using it in a 20g planted tank with shrimp. I imagine that the fine grade would be better for root growth, but the course grade would be easier to scape (would probably stay in place better) and would also weigh plants down easier. Which do you guys think would be better for me to use?
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:09 AM   #2
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+1. I just wanted to chime in on this thread because today I was asking myself the exact same question. Am curious to hear what folks think.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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Black Coarse-Grade 0.25-7 mm
Black Fine-Grade 0.5 to 3 mm
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Hi guys, I'm currently torn between buying course grade Eco-Complete substrate and fine grade. I will be using it in a 20g planted tank with shrimp. I imagine that the fine grade would be better for root growth, but the course grade would be easier to scape (would probably stay in place better) and would also weigh plants down easier. Which do you guys think would be better for me to use?
Fine grade. The substrate performs a highly valuable function beyond merely aquascaping. Do some searching on it's importance.
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Fine grade. The substrate performs a highly valuable function beyond merely aquascaping. Do some searching on it's importance.
Aquascaping was not my primary concern. I was just trying to list pros and cons to fine vs. coarse gravel. Also, I am completely aware of the importance of substrate and the minerals and such that it provides plants with. Please do not assume that just because I am unaware of the full benefits of fine vs. coarse gravel, that I don't know anything about substrate in general.
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With that being said, thank you for the advice Steve001.
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Some fish really appreciate a finer substrate. Do you know your live stock plan?

If you plan on Corys, loaches, german rams, or any burrowing/sifting fish then the fine substrate is the better choice for sure.

A more consistent grain size looks better too in my opinion, but that is more of a taste issue.
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Some fish really appreciate a finer substrate. Do you know your live stock plan?

If you plan on Corys, loaches, german rams, or any burrowing/sifting fish then the fine substrate is the better choice for sure.

A more consistent grain size looks better too in my opinion, but that is more of a taste issue.
It's going to be stocked with shrimp and ottos. I ended up buying the fine grade. Hope it does well!
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I'd go with the fine grain with shrimp and ottos. Post pictures
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I'd go with the fine grain with shrimp and ottos. Post pictures
I'll try to post pics once the substrate arrives. Thanks for all the input guys!

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