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I don't know if this counts, since everyone with exactly two tanks seems
to have a "good" tank and a "bad" tank, but my Profile tank happens to be
my good one.
Contrary to what someone said, I find root plants do well in it.
Although I do agree that it's hard to plant small plants (eg, lillaeopsis)
because of the light texture, once it's in it spreads better than in my
I didn't use anything else in the substrate--just pure Profile, although I
have needed to fertilize (PMDD plus Jobes) for the past 6 months or so.
No algae at all now, though I did have outbreaks in the very beginning.
It's been up for 9 months, and I would encourage anyone else to look
into the stuff. Cheap, non-messy when moving plants, fairly good-looking,
and basically foolproof for the beginner.
Oh yeah, I didn't rinse mine before putting it in the tank, but it's got a
lot of dust and that's something you might consider if you move plants an
awful lot or have burrowers. Once the dust settles down (hours), it's no
problem. And I imagine you'll have the same problems with mulm later on
anyway. Your choice.
In sum, very positive Profile experience.
San Diego, CA