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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?
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I find that sand keeps soil/mulm down better when I have to uproot swords and crpyts(the only deep diggers I own.) With gravel and eco, I see more of a dark clay like soil get pulled up with the roots instead of being stripped off by sand on the way up. If you dig around and scape regularly, a deeper cap might help as well.


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I had this same issue but instead i just tore the whole tank down. I pulled up too much soil. Have you thought about cutting the plant under the sane and just leaving the roots in there? I'm not very knowledgable about plants so idk if you can do that.
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I use flourite it is loose enough for the roots to be pulled up without causing to much disruption.

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Fine gravel, then do deeper gravel vacs than are normal for a planted tank. Especially when you are getting ready to harvest plants for sale.
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I use Eco-Complete in my tank. Heavy enough to hold them down but light enough to not make a mess.
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