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  1. I think it would be fun to start 3 similar aquariums at the same time, but try 3 different strategies for the substrate and fertilizer. First a Walstad type dirted substrate - in this case dirt from my yard Second, CaribSea's Eco-Complete And third, a 'normal' tank with CaribSea's Peace Rive substrate supplemented with Aquarium Co-Op's Easy Root Tabs and Easy Green liquid fertilizer. For this experiment (okay, this is definitely not an experiment as I do not have a hypothesis, any controls, or replicants) I will use three 40 gallon breeder aquariums that will likely have sponge filters, heaters, and Finnex lights. It should take me about a week or two to gather all the resources for this experiment (again, definitely not an experiment as my N on each tank will be 1, but my fun quotient ought to be greater than 1 because this will also be an attempt to setup 3 aquariums that are some more than green water fry tanks or mulm factories).
  2. Can Bolivian Rams be kept on eco complete? or only sand?
  3. I use Eco-Complete in my 11g. It works well, but I’m not sure what it’s made of. It looks like crushed lava rock like we use on propane grills.
  4. Hello everyone! I have a 20 gal heavily planted tank that I would like to add a Bristlenose pleco to. He was given to me (I had very little knowledge of plecos when he was given to me as a gift) and has outgrown the 10 gal tank. The 20 gal I want to add him to has eco complete as a substraight... Will eco complete hurt him? He doesn't hang out a ton on the substraight but I am a little concerned about the eco complete being too rough and possibly cutting his belly. Does anyone have any experience with eco complete and a pleco?
  5. I have a Fluval Vista 16 gallon tank with 8,000k led lights. I use Caribisea complete as my substrate 2" deep at least. I use root tabs since the substrate is almost a year old. Plants include Water sprite, water wisteria, crypt wenditii, and crypt spiralis. Got a case of black beard algae and now hair algae (my marimo moss ball turned black). I'm doing a 20% change once a week. Nitrates a little high. Ammonia zero. Lights are on 6 hours a day. What else can I do to get the balance. Was thinking of skipping root tabs and just using liquid ferts once a week (most of these plants are water column drinkers no?) Thanks so much!
  6. This is coming from my Anubias golden coin. I am not sure if it is a flower or what. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  7. About a month ago I set up a 75, with eco complete, then planted about 20 plants. About a week later, I added 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 brilliant rasboras and 2 medium angels. I’ve stayed on top of testing water every few days and changing water accordingly. I feed every other day. My water is very cloudy. I’ve been doing 50% water changes daily over the last three days. I put a hob filter last week but the tank just clouds up regardless. The picture is right after a water change.
  8. Just planted and filled my 75. How long do the fertilizers last from start up? Will there be enough, in the water column to feed anubias and java fern?
  9. I’m about to set up my 75, I only have 80 pounds of eco complete. Will that be enough for planted tank.
  10. Hello all! I have a 125 gal tank and my substrate is black sand. I found my love for aquatic plants recently and have around ten plants growing in the sand. I want them to thrive and feel like I would need a better substrate. I’m curious if I could just add Carib sea eco complete to my sand instead of changing out the entire substrate in my established tank?
  11. I’m about to set up my 2nd tank. The first was a 29 . Half dirt and half pool filter sand. After 3 weeks the tank is beautiful. Now I want to set up a 75, but with dirt and eco complete as the cap. Aquarium gravel is $19 for 20 lbs, eco complete is $22 for 20 lbs. is my logic skewed for using eco complete for a cap?
  12. I was wondering if anyone has used Eco-complete and has trouble getting plants to stay down. Several of my plants just keep floating up or won't stay in the substrate at all. I would prefer not house lead weights. I have seen some advice on gluing them to rocks. Wouldn't this inhibit root growth.
  13. So I posted this question on YouTube, but I figured it might go unanswered because of how busy everyone is. So I decided to join and ask it here. 🙂 So I have a 20 gallon tank and it's lightly planted. I have had it since late June/early July 2020 and I wish I knew what I know now. Anyways, I want to add some Eco-Complete under my black sand because I only have like an inch deep. I want to heavily plant my tank and it is why I want to add the Eco-Complete. I was trying to find a video or article or something that talks about doing it. I haven't had luck or maybe I'm not looking at the right thing. So has anyone done what I want to do and was it a success or failure? I guess you could say I want to re-landscape-re-plant my already established aquarium. Any advice or suggestions are appreciated! Thank you! I will try attaching a picture of my tank for more help. 🙂
  14. Anyone try to grow these Top Fin bulb plants? I wonder if planting them in a pot instead of in my tank with potting soil is safer? My tank is 48g with eco complete. My pot would be potting soil with gravel top. Now it would be a potting of 3/4 deep so the bulb wouldn't be covered and I don't want them all in this one tank. I have two 10g and one 2.6g that I wanted to spread them out in. I want them to ingest the nitrates, but I don't want them dying and adding to the ammonia. Also in a pot, would you cover with water? What have you done?
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