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50% Amazonia 50% Eco-Complete ??

Hello,

Joined TPT a couple months back but have just been reading and reading (1st thread ... yah!! Finally my wife says.) So i figure i'm at a point where i can/should start asking some questions.

I am not 100% certain on a tank setup, plants, lighting or Co2 yet. Still figuring things out on paper (more like online) first. But just a quick idea of what i am looking to setup:

75 gallon (48" x 18" x 21") Standard Tank for 15+ Female Betta Splenden Sorority. Was thinking of mediumn lighting as betta are not really a fan of high lighting, but would like to have nice plant growth as well (low lighting isn't so good for plant growth seems like.) Anyhow... to my question about substrates.

Has anyone tried 50% Aqua Soil Amazonia 50% Eco-Complete ?? They each have their own pros and cons but i was thinking of mixing the two hoping the pros and concs will balance each other out.

Still a total noobie at this; thoughts/ideas welcome. Thanks!!!
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That is actually what I have in my 75 gallon. The tank and substrate I got second hand from another TPT member, so the amazonia is a few years old. I really don't have much for plants yet, but the person I got the tank from had absolutely beautiful growth with it. The plants I do have in the tank have really nice roots established so far, and I got 2-3 lbs. of unused amazonia which I put some of it into my nano tank mixed with fluval stratum. I dont even touch that tank, and it's low light but the plants are very healthy. It seems in my 75 that I have more eco-complete on top, and I do get a certain amount of cloudiness from the amazonia anytime I mess with the tank, but that clears up in a few days. Hope I helped.

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Thanks for sharing the experience.

Yah, reading goes to say that the Amazonia does generally (in some cases) produce some cloudiness at first. But it is good to know that this has been done before and with success. Not to mention it was used amazonia and there was more eco-complete. Great share, thanks!!

Would you recommend the amazonia as the bottom layer or the top layer? Plants seems to have a harder time establish root with eco-complete (from reading) compared to amazonia correct?

Just a thought, have you/anyone tried crushing or grinding eco-complete to match the sizes of the amazonia or make it smaller? (stupid thought probably)
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Thanks for sharing the experience.

Yah, reading goes to say that the Amazonia does generally (in some cases) produce some cloudiness at first. But it is good to know that this has been done before and with success. Not to mention it was used amazonia and there was more eco-complete. Great share, thanks!!

Would you recommend the amazonia as the bottom layer or the top layer? Plants seems to have a harder time establish root with eco-complete (from reading) compared to amazonia correct?

Just a thought, have you/anyone tried crushing or grinding eco-complete to match the sizes of the amazonia or make it smaller? (stupid thought probably)

My amazonia always produces a cloudiness. I used pure eco complete before I switched tanks and while the root systems aren't as nice as what amazonia produces, it still does a good job. Mine is completely mixed, rather then having 1 on bottom, and 1 on top. I also wouldn't try grinding up eco complete. Even considering my amazonia is breaking down, I still see a good mix of both on top, and unless your really checking, you wont notice that you have 2 different substrates intermixed.

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This is what i have in my 120g. I have about 2" of Amazonia capped by about 1.5" of eco-complete.

My crypts seem to like it.
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I also wouldn't try grinding up eco complete. Even considering my amazonia is breaking down, I still see a good mix of both on top, and unless your really checking, you wont notice that you have 2 different substrates intermixed.
Any reason why you wouldn't recommend grinding up eco complete?

Good to know that its not really noticable with intermixed substrates. Thanks.
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I have these mixed, but not 50/50. Really not noticeable.
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