Soilmaster Select? Turface?
I am back here after a hiatus from the planted tank world. I have had exsperience with planted tanks, however they were all low tech, and I never used special substrate. Well actually I think I had shultz's aquatic plant soil under a layer of sand. So anyway, I am going to be re-setting up this tank to be primarily a loach (the small botia species) tank, with just a few other dither fish. I would like to grow primarily swords, crypts, some vals, and maybe a stem plant or two - but lots of root plants for easier mateinence.
So my question is, in this situation what substrate would you recommend? My first choice had been Soilmaster Select, but I read they are not making that anymore. Is this true? Also, is Turface its replacement? Would these be good choices? Money is an issue for me. I can't really want to spend as much as Eco-Complete or Flourite would cost me, especially since I have another small tank I might redo with this substrate as well. What do you think?
The other thing I was considering to reduce the cost was the mix flourite with either gravel or sand, and use it to top a potting soil mix. I if I do this I need to do more research about how that would work, but is this a good possibility?
Last edited by QuoVadis; 02-05-2012 at 03:09 PM.