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.
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