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Question Used eco complete

Hey there, I've been looking to change my substrate to eco complete but damn that thing is expensive! So while browsing craigslist, I noticed this guy was selling 40 pounds of eco complete at a discount + some free plants (Probably breaking down his tank). Anyways, I wanted to know if it's safe to buy used eco complete or if it's still viable as a good planted substrate.
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Yeah, it's still safe. Rinse it out a couple of times, then let it dry out in the sun, and you should be good to go.

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Yeah, it's still safe. Rinse it out a couple of times, then let it dry out in the sun, and you should be good to go.
Doing that would kill all beneficial bacteria inside the substrate won't it?
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Doing that would kill all beneficial bacteria inside the substrate won't it?
Yes. But it prevents the transfer of unwanted pests like snails and any harmful bacteria. If you really want to kill whatever might be still in the eco-complete, soak it in a bucket with some hydrogen peroxide.

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I agree. It would be safe. Might have algae and pests, so let it dry out to kill anything along for the ride.
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If you really want to kill whatever might be still in the eco-complete, soak it in a bucket with some hydrogen peroxide.
+1 on this, it's what I would do.

Eco complete doesn't "deplete" or anything - the whole purpose of it is that it's porous and will help retain nutrients in the substrate.
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Dosnt it deplete in some sense, and can only retain nutrients if your fert'n or root tab'n? Figured i'd ask :-)

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you can bake it to dry it out if your in a hurry to use it.
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Eco-Complete does not have nutrients in it but rather it takes in nutrients and holds them for your plants. All it basically is,is volcanic rock.Sure it does contain "live bacteria" when you buy it new, but I wouldn't take that as a skipping of cycle.
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I thought all substrate had BB (well organisms) in it, that's why when you flood it - it creates an ammonia spike from their deaths.
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No, all substrate does not contain beneficial bacteria until those bacteria spread from other surfaces in the tank and begin to grow in the substrate.

Substrates like Aquasoil leach ammonia.

Eco-Complete does not and is essentially inert.
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Thing is, it was used by a guy with a high tech planted tank so it should've had plenty of ferts in it. Anyways, I took Monster_Fish's advice and rinsed it out but only let it dry for a day. There was tons of roots and random java moss inside the eco-complete and enough muck to turn the water black when I poured it off.
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