So I have had this 9 gallon tank from fluval for about a year now. It’s suppose to be the ultimate kit for starting planted tanks since it has the equipped lighting to make plants flourish. Now I’ve had it running for a year with many set backs. when I first started researching different substrates I decided to go forth with the “hardest” but cheapest options because I am a “broke” college student who saw it as a challenge to use organic dirt as a tank substrate. Now I have changed this tank so many times and I’ve had casualties and I’ve learned from my mistakes but I HATE the way it looks it’s isn’t aquascaped it’s just ugly in my opinion. Now recently I upgraded my betta fish and bought everything new and used old filter media to cycle and added a lot of new plants and to me it looks aesthetic and I’m pleased to stare at it everyday. Now on the other hand my other tank is so ugly but it has great water levels in ph, ammonia,…. Etc. but every time I try to move a plant it makes a mess. So I want to try to change the substrate but I went to PetSmart today and bought eco complete which upon reading reviews you have to dose the water with fertilizers after 6 months and I heard people dose every week and honestly I’m regretting my choice in buying it. But I want to be able to move things around without making a mess but idk if I should change something that is so balanced at the moment that the plants are growing super fats and almost over growing in the tank for pure Aesthetic. I was wondering if there was any recommendations on a substrate that will be less expensive in the long run but will also not bring me issues when it comes to redoing the tank or doing water changes. Or if I should leave my tank untouched?