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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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someone earlier suggested tahitian moon sand as a top layer for eco-complete..

so now i've been mulling and reading and trying to figure out which is best, all E-c or the mix.

the back posts seem to split on the issue.. so guys.. do you prefer eco with sand on top or without?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 11:55 PM
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You might have seen me sticking my neck into the past posts. As it turns out, I went with Eco only. My hairgrass and babytears are spreading without any problems. I have little doubt that your tank will be a success with or without the sand; so it all boils down to what you want to see.

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I am trying to guess what this looks like from pictures here.. how is the eco alone artistically?

also, been reading horror stories about shipped eco complete with burst bags.. anyone have any sucess buying online?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2004, 05:46 AM
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I like a mix of both. I wouldn't really bother keeping it layered, I just mix it all together. My fine rooted plants seem to love it. The sand also makes it look a bit more darker black.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2004, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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any problems with the sand as described in the sand and poop thread below? or does everything pretty much work ?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 06:12 AM
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hey sherry i ordered from www.drsfosterandsmith.com and got my bags of eco-complete..in perfect condiiition, no water burstage! and im all the way in california a far way from where they shipped the bags from (Minnesota i think)
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Here is my 10 gallon with Eco Complete without any sand. I was going to get the moon sand also but couldn't locate any locally.

I like how it looks. Cannot imagine the sand would make it look worse. Better if anything but I'm happy without it. I think it makes the plants really pop out. And I'm a fan of darker substrates also. My 20 has flora base and I hate how damn bright that stuff is.



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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 04:34 PM
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I too only use eco-complete in a tank...no mixed tahitian sand. No reason to unless you think you can keep it layered (and you can't).

moon sand is very light and will vaccum right outta the tank unless you use some nylon stockings over the vac tube opening (what a pain)

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Mike love the tank!!! Guys thanks so much. going with pure eco complete
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