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I am looking at a few options for the substrate in my Iwagumi tank. I have the option to go with the following

1) Eco-Complete (never used it before)
2) Fluorite Black (used Fluorite red in my other planted tank)
3) Fluorite Black Sand (never used before)

I am looking for reviews on these substrates. How well do they hold plants....messy....any cleaning prior to use etc. Thoughts?
 

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Sand levels itself and isn't useful for creating slopes.

Regular Flourite is a bit softer than Eco-Complete and while it doesn't happen often, it's easier to break down. Lots of people like it and it costs about the same as EC.

Eco-Complete is firm, rough, great for plants to take root, holds slopes well, is inert and has a high CEC for holding onto ferts.

You've had a few threads about substrate and iwagumi lately but I have to say... it doesn't really matter what you pick from the real of planted substrates (just avoid sand if you want something other than a flat surface). Pick what looks best to you, suits your use and fits with your wallet at current. Fluval Plant/Shrimp Substrate, Aquasoil, Flourite, Eco-Complete, Red Sea, Netlea, whatever you like.
 
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