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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Eco-coplete seems to be the substrate to get if you have a planted tank. That being said, I'm still very concerned about it's sharpness. You can feel it through the bag. I have lots of cories. Does anyone out there have eco-complete AND cories, that have been happily co-existing for a while?
When I upsize to a 100g tank, I'd like to mix my small black aquarium gravel (from 2 30g 36" x 12" tanks) with eco complete. This way, I won't be spending $100+ on eco-complete, and the aquarium gravel will already be filled with helpful bacteria.
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I have eco-complete and cories, and they do fine i have had the same 7 cories in there for a year and no problems.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2004, 10:54 PM
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I've read alot that not any of the substrates people have been worried about, in particular eco-complete and fluorite, has been hurting their cories. Barble loss is usually b/c of bacterial infections.
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The experiment that everyone cites as proving that it is more water quality than substrate material is flawed in several ways. That said, I do think there is indeed a water quality component to it. However, a smooth substrate will always be more beneficial to fish that root around in it--simple physics tells you that, and you hardly need to conduct experiments to prove it. Flourite is less than ideal for cories but not disastrous. Eco-Complete is a smoother substrate and would be considerably easier on cories' barbels.
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