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Hello, just wondering about people's experience with caribsea eco complete planted aquarium substrate. I was planning on doing a small 10g planted tank. All the reviews I've found have been good.
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We have it an almost all of our tanks and it is quite good at supporting plant growth. It's nice that you don't have to rinse it before use ... No real cons to it that we've experienced.
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Hello, just wondering about people's experience with caribsea eco complete planted aquarium substrate. I was planning on doing a small 10g planted tank. All the reviews I've found have been good.
it become useless unless you dose ferts in water. other than that its just a good source of absorbing nutrients from water.
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The neatest thing about EcoComplete (and Flourite, for that matter) is that it allows you to be a bit lazier about dosing regimens. Because it has a high CEC (think: nutrient retention capacity), it will absorb excess fertilizers that plants can use at their leisure.

EcoComplete, despite its implied claims to the contrary, is inert. It does not come packed with anything at all. It's up to you, the fertilizer-in-chief, to do the fertilizing. But can you grow really cool stuff in it? Sure.
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Would it work for me to dose with seachem flourish excel? what other ferts should I use?
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I KNOW all the 'ad gab' on Flourite original and Eco Complete and I've read user posts stating one is high in iron and the other supplies everything plants need. Well,,,,,,,
both have a high CEC which is useful but that's about it. I got over the rest of the blah, blah, blah on the crushed brick and volcanic gravel wish others would too. Be nice if they changed the label on EC.
Worth buying? If you have the spare funds yes. I've bought a pallet of Flourite and a wheel barrow full of EcoComp but I realize it's inert and use it mostly as a capping material now.

Having an inert sub tank I would add tablet supplements ever 3 months for rooted plants. Easy method and works great.

Eco is safe and easy to use so a good choice.

What is CEC think (Cation Exchange Capacity) but yes think plant nutrient retention capacity or storing from the water and returning as needed until the supply is exhausted sort of like a battery too LOL.

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I KNOW all the 'ad gab' on Flourite original and Eco Complete and I've read user posts stating one is high in iron and the other supplies everything plants need. Well,,,,,,,
both have a high CEC which is useful but that's about it. I got over the rest of the blah, blah, blah on the crushed brick and volcanic gravel wish others would too. Be nice if they changed the label on EC.
Worth buying? If you have the spare funds yes. I've bought a pallet of Flourite and a wheel barrow full of EcoComp but I realize it's inert and use it mostly as a capping material now.

Having an inert sub tank I would add tablet supplements ever 3 months for rooted plants. Easy method and works great.

Eco is safe and easy to use so a good choice.

What is CEC think (Cation Exchange Capacity) but yes think plant nutrient retention capacity or storing from the water and returning as needed until the supply is exhausted sort of like a battery too LOL.
What do you mean when you say you use it as a capping material?
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Also, would you still use a vac to clean it?
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A capping material is any substrate that one would put over top (cap) a specialty or high- nutrient substrate (dirt, MTS, aquasoil, whatever). And generally in a heavily planted tank, little to no gravel vacuuming is needed.

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Clean the surface in open areas yes by all means but most of the sub will be to full of plants in most tanks (mine anyway LOL) for much vacuuming

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I have used Eco complete in 5 planted tanks of mine and I love it, you can put it directly in to your tank and it barely has any dust. Looks pretty good, good varying size of the rocks and such. My plants all love it.
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Do moss carpets do well on this substrate? Anyone have experience doing it? and what kind of moss did you use?
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szenic: Yes, many mosses will do fine on it. It's got a rough surface which is nice for moss attachment.

I recommend searching the forum for "Eco-Complete" to see what people think about it, see photos of it and learn about other experiences.
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I just received some eco-complete in the mail. What's the liquid in the bag?
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szenic: It's their "beneficial bacteria" - supposedly allows you to jump start a cycle. It's one of the reasons so many people enjoy EC. You can put it in a new tank without rinsing it and have the added bonus of helping get a bacteria colony going.
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