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Laterite or Eco-Complete??

Hi everyone.... I'm finally starting my first planted tank...so glad to find this forum!

I've done some research, and I decided that I definitely want to go low tech. I went to my LFS looking for Eco-complete, but they didn't carry it...so I let them talk me into buying API First Layer Pure Laterite.

She told me it's "good stuff" but will cloud my water and turn it red...ok

Here's where I'm confused. Would it be beneficial to still buy the Eco-Complete, and use it together with the Laterite??? Or should I just use the Laterite with my existing gravel, like they told me to do??
- The gravel I have now is a fine grade...not sure what it's called!?

Or, should I avoid the Laterite all together, and just go w/ Eco-Complete???


Any suggestions would help!! Thanks-
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I'm using a thin layer of the laterite product you have under about 3" of black flourite. If you bury the laterite and if you're careful when you fill, you shouldn't have clouding issues. That said, I still use root tabs to add fertilizer occasionally. Good luck- Val

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IMO I'd say stick to "simple" for a 1st planted tank, at least simple is working out OK for me so far. Even though I would have loved to try M-topsoil I stuck to Eco-Complete (planted). I think you can't go wrong with Eco-Complete or Flourite if you rather. Plus you can concentrate on the many other things you will need to get comfortable with on a planted tank.

Just wait for one of the online sources to do a deal on the substrate bags themselves or the shipping costs.
I also use root tabs every few months and dose with EI methods.
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Thanks for the info! I think I have everything I need to get started...I'm feeling brave now! Set up is tomorrow...pics coming soon!!
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Thanks for the info! I think I have everything I need to get started...I'm feeling brave now! Set up is tomorrow...pics coming soon!!
Well where are the pics?
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