Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Any experience with Substrate by AquariumPlants.com?
Has anybody used this substrate? Their website claims that it “outperforms ALL other planted substrates (guaranteed)”. Their website also claims that 5 gallon bucket of their substrate (sold at $64.99) will cover 4 sq ft at a depth of 3" (a 55 gallon aquarium measures 48" by 12" or 4 sq ft.), and that this is equivalent to 6 bags of "eco-complete”. They claim that Eco-complete takes 120 lbs (6 bags) to cover the same area, at a cost of over $180.00.
I have never used Eco-complete, but I heard it is pretty good, I do have used Flourite and works very well for me, additionally it looks pretty nice. I guess my only complaint would be that it is very light and therefore not very easy for planting (keeping new plants in place). Over all, I love Flourite, but I have to say it gets pretty expensive.
I am interested in any comments (not coming from the company that makes and/or sells it) regarding AquariumPlants.com’s substrate because it seems a little too good to be true that a product that “outperforms” all other substrates for planted tanks would be so much cheaper, I am pretty skeptical sometimes. But then again I wouldn’t want to miss it if this is true, all products deserve a chance and I certainly deserve to save the money LOL.
Even if it doesn’t “outperform” all others, but it is as good or comparatively as good as Flourite (or Eco-complete if you guys think is as good as fluorite, I just haven’t used it), it would be a pretty good deal at that price, and I would like to know about it.
I want to make VERY clear that I am not promoting ANY brand of substrate; I am just a hobbyist trying to find the best possible substrate at the best possible price (or at least the best possible deal for my money), and therefore seeking advice from fellow hobbyists. Please, if you work for the company that makes the substrate in question, don’t reply to me telling me that your product “does outperform all others” (I already read that in your website) or why... true or not, I’d like to hear the opinion of unbiased sources, people who has used it, fellow hobbyists. Thank you very much and I apologize for the lengthy post.