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Substrate too light to work with!

I regret having ever used Fluval Stratum substrate - well, too late now as my tank is cycled and populated.

The substrated is way too light to plant with - I don't understand how Fluval can put out a product that is so frustrating to work with.

I'm not sure what I can do - drain the tank and change substrate and start over? Remove half of it and top with a different substrate?
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I've used Stratum, Flourite, flourite black sand and Eco-complete. So far I love Eco complete hte best, and Stratum the worst....found it so difficult to keep plants down
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I use Eco complete as well. Pricey but I love how the water doesn't get cloudy when you rearrange plants.

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I use Eco complete as well. Pricey but I love how the water doesn't get cloudy when you rearrange plants.
+1 to this. Simply cut bag, dump, plant= no cloudiness....even when you have to rearrange them. How deep of a substrate do you have Ramen?
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It isn't that bad / tough to replace substrate is it?

I've got Fluval stratum, I'm just waiting to plant it.. Do all people feel this way?


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The only time I've hard a hard time planting in fluval plant stratum was when I out in DHG. All I had to do was make them into smaller clumps and it's held. Just make sure your substrate level is at a decent depth; I'd say 1.5"-2" and it should hold it in place.

I just won't buy it again cause it turns into a powder eventually.


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+1 to this. Simply cut bag, dump, plant= no cloudiness....even when you have to rearrange them. How deep of a substrate do you have Ramen?
My substrate is at least 3" deep. Some parts are deeper. I bought 5 bags of Eco complete for my 55g.


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