Your Preferred Plant Substrate (Poll)


What is your preferred plant substrate? (besides dirt)

  1. Flourite

    1 vote(s)
  2. Eco-complete

    3 vote(s)
  3. ADA Aquasoil

    1 vote(s)
  4. Others (please post what)

    11 vote(s)

    QQQUUUUAADDD Well Known Member Member

    I hate the dirt in my 10. It's just too messy for me and I'm looking for an alternative.
  2. midnamoondog

    midnamoondog Well Known Member Member

    I like the small gravel on top of the dirt. I wish I could afford ADA soil, honestly I have not tried it. I like the looks of flourite, but it is so messy and sharp. The price of Eco-Complete has also scared me off, so that's why I voted other.
  3. kinezumi89

    kinezumi89 Fishlore VIP Member

    Plain old sand/gravel isn't an option? :p I've never used fancy substrates; just root tabs and dry ferts.

  4. Eienna

    Eienna Fishlore VIP Member

    I have not used any, but I note that the Eco-complete is much less expensive than the Flourite by weight.
  5. Everythingzen

    Everythingzen Well Known Member Member

    I've never used anything beyond sand and gravel until recently. I prefer gravel over anything else so far for holding plants in place and allowing them to really root down.
  6. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    I also just use regular river rock (small) in my 33g long heavily planted tank. No special dirt at all. However, I do not vacuum this tank so the detritus becomes fertilizer for the plants. Note, I also do 2/3's water changes every 5 days to help keep my water parameters where they need to be.

    Eventually, after a year or so, it's my understanding the special dirt for planted tanks will have to be replaced due to it losing its nutrients.

  7. h

    hobo Valued Member Member

    Just plain old gravel for me. No root tabs but I am thinking about adding sum ,liquid ferts no vacuuming 75% water change weekly but I’m slightly over stocked hopefully that won’t be a problem after Christmas :;shat
  8. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

    Sand for me.
  9. MotherMajesty:)

    MotherMajesty:) Valued Member Member

    Never used anything but gravel with no fertilizers.
  10. F

    Featherfin Valued Member Member

    I don't like anything but dirt :p
  11. Moneypenny1967

    Moneypenny1967 Valued Member Member

    Small gravel
  12. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    WOW! This is sooooo cool :;banaman any other place that I say that I only use gravel and *GASP* under gravel filters for my plants I get yelled at, cool to see so many others here that use only gravel.
  13. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    I have sand in one tank and small pea gravel in the others :)
  14. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    I have small river rock in my 33g long heavily planted and lots of detritus since I do not vacuum this tank as I would and do, non planted tanks.

  15. tnfishkeeper

    tnfishkeeper Valued Member Member

    Eco Complete :D