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substate for my new tank

i just got a 28gallon bowfront from a garage sale.... had epoxy gravel...
i want to plant this baby...
money is no object for the base.... sand, flourite, onyx, eco, or even just river gravel i want the best... i will have a big background of apongetons and other bulb plants...
the mid will be oh stems.. and maybe a sword...the fore is prob going to be willow moss and alot of the sub showing... so i dont want some crap stuff... this will be a "show" tank
the filter is a hot magnum i will try to make a spraybar for it so it dont do damage to the plants on the flow being so high as it is...

i am partial to flourite, and sands... never used eco complete because its not locally distributed but that dont mean i cant get it....
i really want the pros and cons to any of the substrats... like i said i like the look of white sands, and black sands, and the look of flourite....

ive heard of red sea Flora base... has anyone here used it and would it be better than flourite...
i like flourite because the price... petsmart $30/ bag... w/ price match to petsoultions: $9.99 a bag...

out of the aquarium for a while... college
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I did the white sands (cheap stuff at hardware store). It's crushed marble and will make your water hard. It (AFAIK) doesn't help to really provide nutrients. It just exists.

Any sand you pick is at best going to be inert, and might change your PH/hardness, while contributing nothing to your plants.

Eco-complete seems to be a good choice. It has a high ion exchange (Can 'suck up' and hold nutrients for plants to use) and it also includes many minerals already in it (Iron!!). It's black, you don't need to bother washing it, and it works. It doesn't affect the PH either. Everything else is either messy, or ugly.

Pulling up a plant in eco-complete and having the gravel still stuck to the roots is nothing I've experienced with any sands.
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