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There are many combinations of substrates out there. I myself currently have a gravel substrate with a soil underlayer.

If you're thinking peat moss, I wouldn't worry too much about it rotting. Boiling it first purportedly removes many of the tannins, so you may want to try that. Organic material is not a bad thing in a substrate, but it should be used carefully and most of all conservatively.

On the other hand, I've neither tried humus nor known anyone who has. I imagine my soil underlayer contains humus. I've had no problems with it so far other than its hatred of sword plants.

Personally, I feel that Eco-complete, turface, fluorite, etc., can all be used effectively. I don't think there is a "best".

I suggest poring over the threads on this board carefully to see what has been tried and what does not work. There is a lot of experience and a lot of great aquarists at work here :)
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