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eco-complete? do I need to still bother with MGOPM?

Just setting my tank up again, and used to have sand with MGOPM, but now I am going with eco-complete, do I need to even bother with the MGOPM? Would it still help out?

I will dose ferts and also use CO2

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do I need to still bother with MGOPM? your choice but in my opinion yes LOL

The soil mix would do the same as it did when capped by sand to support plant growth.
EC alone is nothing like a soil, not in the same category of materials as MGOCPM and should not be compared as a replacement.
EC is rock with a higher CEC than sand but only provides "minor" trace support with nothing provided for NPK so compare it to the sand.

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do I need to still bother with MGOPM? your choice but in my opinion yes LOL

The soil mix would do the same as it did when capped by sand to support plant growth.
EC alone is nothing like a soil, not in the same category of materials as MGOCPM and should not be compared as a replacement.
EC is rock with a higher CEC than sand but only provides "minor" trace support with nothing provided for NPK so compare it to the sand.
Thank you for the info. I have always had the worst luck with getting plants to grow using sand. That why I figured since I like the black color, I would go with the eco, well plus it being sold dirt cheap right now.

I hope between the eco, MGOPM, and ferts I dose, everything should do good. I hope.
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Grab some fertilizer "tabs" and drop them in the bottom before you put the Eco in. It should give you similar results to capped soil...
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Grab some fertilizer "tabs" and drop them in the bottom before you put the Eco in. It should give you similar results to capped soil...
hahaha! should,,, but won't LOL

(unless you 'drop them in' about every three months)

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