Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Elk Grove, California
After using all that you mention: PFS, Eco-complete, BDS, my opinions are:
I dont care for PFS due to compaction issues. Others experience may vary.
BDS-- I do not like the looks of BDS in the aquarium- aesthetics choice on my part. Other opinions may vary. If your concern is compaction - I didn't notice a problem with this. I did have an issue with my corydoras of a higher occurrence of bacterial issues. This has been reported as a side-effect of the sharpness of the medium on bottom-dwellers undersides. If you dont have bottom-dwellers, no issue here.
I have used Eco-complete many times. I like using it as a base and topping with Caribsea sand. I like to use Caribsea sand, a grain size from .5 mm to 1.0 mm, due to the excellent results I get more from from my fish than my plants. For me, fish always come first and this has proven best in my case. However, I have good results with plant growth as well.
Let me stress that this is my experience and opinion... before someone wants to misconstrue my opinion for law.
180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.
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