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eco complete

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by lethalcustoms00, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. lethalcustoms00

    lethalcustoms00 Thread Starter Member

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    i wanna use black substrate in my 55 after i get it cleaned and ready to start over with. does anybody use eco complete? Or blasting material with plants? what about tahitian sand?
     
  2. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    I use eco-complete and LOVE it.
     
  3. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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  4. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Eco-Complete Planted here (black...not the red)
    Awesome stuff...no rinse...soft belly safe (pleco/cory)
    Natural looking & easy to siphon in comparance to sand
    beneficial nutrients to plants (seems to have a 1 week kick in period)
    doesn't muck with the water parameters


    Link showing Eco-Complete in tank-->
    10 Gallon Betta Tank with Eco-Complete Substrate

    Used Tahitian Moon Sand also...nice look...tightly packed...no rinse...soft belly safe...NO BENEFITS to plants...doesn't muck with the water parameters...can be tricky to siphon

    Link showing Tahitian Moon Sand in tank
     
  5. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    I use it in my tank and absolutely LOVE it. Best substrate I've ever used.
     
  6. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    See...I knew you'd like it better than the crushed coral. Hate to say it, but told ya so :) :)
     
  7. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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  8. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    LoL yep. Plants grow so much better in the eco complete then they did in coral. Wonder why ? LoL
     
  9. lethalcustoms00

    lethalcustoms00 Thread Starter Member

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    right on, thats what i have ordered. will 40 lbs of eco and 20 lbs tahitian sand be enough to fill a 55?
     
  10. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Depending on the depth you want? I normally aim for 3", but most will say anywhere from 2-4".
    With mixing the 2 I'm not completely sure (can always add more if it's not enough)..but I'd go with the 1lb per gallon= 1" of substrate...so for your 55g assuming about 3" you'll probably want somewhere around 165lbs of substrate according to most calculators.

    I'd go with 120lbs-140lbs and see where that gets you.

    Are you doing a 50/50 split (half the tank eco & 1/2 sand...or are you just looking to make a "sectioned off area" of sand and the rest eco?
    http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/p ... 106&c=3578