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Old 01-15-2014, 02:13 AM   #1
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Eco Complete vs Fluorite Sand vs Activ-Flora?


I don't care if one dusts up the tank, but I really want to have carpet plants and want to have a rich substrate... so which would be the one that best fits my need? I am also on a budget so sadly I cant fit in AS.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:24 AM   #2
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Anyone....?
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:35 AM   #3
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It's really a matter of preference. People that use eco like me will swear by it. People that use aqua soil will swear by that, dirt, floramax, flourite etc. it's really what best fits your budget and what you find to work best for you overall. I like eco complete. It's always yielded great results for me and it's readily available. Dirts probably the cheapest option although I've never used it.
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A few people have PM-ed me similar questions. I made a video for one of them comparing ActivFlora and Eco-Complete. Hope it helps:

http://youtu.be/wq_JhL-96Wk
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I'm sold on activ flora!
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Haha, glad I could help. The member that PM-ed me said they were going to pick up a few bags as well. Post your pics and responses to how you like it. I personally wash all substrate once or twice but if you have patience you can just let your tank run for a day or so with a little water clarifyer and it'll all settle in.
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Sold here, too. Just ordered up 5 bags for a quite decent price. In part, I prefer the darker uniform black of Activ Flora--I think it will really make the plants pop. Thanks, NanoDave!
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Where are you getting this? I'm interested in getting some of the Lake Gems color but can't find any LFS that carry it.
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Got it from That Pet Place, but they only had the black in stock. You might want to check, though--maybe they have some on the way.
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I'm glad some of you are finding it. It took me several months to find a LFS that could get it in. Was afraid I might post about it and no one be able to find it. If and when you do find it, it would be great to know where and how much as its a question I've been getting asked a lot. Also leme know your feedback on it as I'm curious on what other people think of it vs Eco-Complete
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I live not too far from the State capital of Ohio, Columbus, with a population of over 800,000 and you would think of all the pet stores there that one would have this or could order it for me but not a single one! Hard to believe. Amazon has it but awfully steep at over $40 a bag.
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Ouch $40 is a lot. Ill do some searching tonight online but from my experience the smaller the town is the better the LFS's are at ordering things. Less people means they pay attention to detail and customer request more... Usually.
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Well, I searched the net and couldn't find the color I wanted, Lake Gems, for any less so I bit the bullet and placed my order with Amazon. I just hope 40 lbs. is enough.
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Ouch $40 is a lot. Ill do some searching tonight online but from my experience the smaller the town is the better the LFS's are at ordering things. Less people means they pay attention to detail and customer request more... Usually.
Nope, already tried the small town fish stores, of which there are only a handful left and they didn't carry it either. Of the ones I checked only one offered to order it for me but they couldn't get the color I wanted.
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When did that pet place go out of stock for this?
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