What substrate for removing plants safely?
Right now I am using organic soil topped with gravel and I am getting fantastic plant growth. However, when I removed a massive dwarf lilly I completely inverted a third of my tank, and created a mess that caused problems for a few weeks. Months later when everything is going fine, I removed some vals and even the new val growth was pulling out marble + sized clumps of dirt.
I don't want to have to kill my plants in the tank to prune them, I'd rather try to bring them into my LFS however this will simply not work.
I've dabbled in laterite without good plant knowledge and after a few weeks of no maintenance my plants died. However I wouldn't consider this the best possible experience.
With the options of flourite, laterite, eco complete or soil, which would be the best for easily removing plants? Also, what would the differences be in regards to plant care?