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Mixing Eco Complete and Turface

I want to swap the substrate in my 55 gallon to something more plant friendly. I have a local source for about 30-40 lbs of a Turface/SMS mixture. I don't think that will be quite enough to get the depth I want. So, I am thinking of mixing in 3bags (or so) bags of Eco Complete. I figure this will not only help in providing the depth I want, but will also help to make it easier to plant in because the Eco Complete is heavier (the major complaints I have read about the Turface is the light weight. Do anyone see a reason it wouldn't work or not to do it? Do you think 3 bags will be enough? Other thoughts and opinions are welcome.
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You probably will have plenty of substrate with just the Turface mix. Lighter means more volume per pound!

I mix Schultz's Aquatic Soil with gravel and really like the appearance. Varied color and grain size look much more natural to my eye and it is easier to plant in!

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What I am getting is roughly half a bag of Charcoal colored SMS and about a quarter if a bag of red Turface. I plan to use all of the charcoal and mix in some of the red. I am not sure how much of the red I will actually use. That will obviously determine how much of the mix that I'll have. I figured I'd add some Eco Complete to make up the difference. I do have some small gravel I could mix in, but it's "natural" color, so I don't think the color would look right with the black / grey of the other stuff.

Another question I have is if I do go this route should I buy Eco or Flora Max? I have read that they are the same thing except the Flora Max isn't packed in water. I have also read that you get more actual substrate in a 15lb bag of Flora Max than a 20lb bag of Eco (because of the water) Thoughts?
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Another option may have just arisen. What about mixing the Turface/SMS with Black Diamond sand?
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