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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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"New" Eco-Complete with Floraspore ?

I just received a bag of Eco-Complete and noticed a sticker on it saying,
"Now with Floraspore Root Enhancement Symbionts"

I've taken photos of the package for your viewing. I wish I had an old bag of it lying around to compare this to.
Anyone know what the new additives are? Their website had nothing on this that I could find. Wondering when this came out for sale. I know it's been a long while since I've purchased it.

I want to set up a 20 gallon low light tank for my daughter and her husband, but now I'm being cautious with the "new" eco-complete.
My fear is that it may have too many ferts in it now. Whenever I've fertilized a low light tank, I've dealt with algae. Found root tabs years down the road are just fine.

The last thing I want for them is to start out with problems in their tank.
I have never had problems with the old Eco-complete with plants.

I tend to back off products that boast "new and improved" as I always find it means "changed and cheaply made" Or it just does not work the same. Old school, If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

So, any ideas on this eco-complete?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 02:48 AM
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I been using that for a few months now. Look how green my plants are with no co2.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 03:02 AM
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Test tubes and an Erlenmeyer flask on there, seems legit...
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 04:49 AM
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In fairness, Bacopa grows green without ferts and CO2 in most every tank regardless of substrate.

Eco-Complete is still the same product. High CEC and good looks. But it's not a fert-containing substrate.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 05:01 AM
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I'm pretty sure it's the same old Eco-complete in some fancy new packaging.

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I know this is a bit off topic, but how much does Eco-Complete African Cichlid Substrate buffer the Ph? I have it in my nano and current livestock is doing fine.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 01:21 PM
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I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps they are just adding a different type of nitrifying bacteria?

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 01:25 PM
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Just looked up root symbionts. They are bacteria that have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants which (in this case?) aid in the absorption of nutrients.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Called CaribSea

I called customer service at CaribSea with my question.
They have coated the substrate Symbiotic Micro organisms in spore form.
These organisms will live on and in the plant root systems and "work'' with bacteria to enrich the growth of plants.
The gentleman I spoke with was giving detailed info on how this works, but I thought I'd put it in simple terms...

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