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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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5 bags of Eco complete

Is 5 bags enough for a 75 gallon tank?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:38 PM
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ok that's great, thanks
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According to
http://mizuworld.com/index.php/pages/calculator
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http://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

...you'll need 144 pounds of Eco for 3" of substrate in a 48" X 18" tank, which is 7 20lb bags of Eco.
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Ok good to know, I didn't think 5 bags looked like enough, I'll order 2 more from amazon
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I used 6 and I'm fine with it.

Don't forget too that its a bit different depending on if you plan on having hardscape (I have a lot of large hardscape in my 75.....area's under that have less substrate cause nothing is planted there) or if you plan on making huge slopes or things.

I say 6 or 7 is enough, I started with only 5 though...and it wasn't enough in some places and it sucked cause everything kept getting uprooted.

I also mixed in a bit of larger regular gravel as well, just cause it was from before my planted tank days and I figured why not lol

You can see it in my 75 thread.

Word of note with the eco though.....thin rooted plants will take a but of effort to get going properly, especially if you have fish that knock things around a lot

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
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I used 6 and I'm fine with it.

Don't forget too that its a bit different depending on if you plan on having hardscape (I have a lot of large hardscape in my 75.....area's under that have less substrate cause nothing is planted there) or if you plan on making huge slopes or things.

I say 6 or 7 is enough, I started with only 5 though...and it wasn't enough in some places and it sucked cause everything kept getting uprooted.

I also mixed in a bit of larger regular gravel as well, just cause it was from before my planted tank days and I figured why not lol

You can see it in my 75 thread.

Word of note with the eco though.....thin rooted plants will take a but of effort to get going properly, especially if you have fish that knock things around a lot
I agree with HH. Also to note on your last part I totally agree. I had everything planted and I put some BN plecos in the tank and let's just say after a few days I barely had anything left in the substrate.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 12:06 AM
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5 bags of Eco complete

My endli bichir....enough said.
Although I have found ways to get things like blyxa to stay down via mesh kept under the substrate.

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:http://tinyurl.com/p54uupj
Mom's Spec V:http://tinyurl.com/qjt3rw2
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