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JerSaint 11-01-2012 01:44 AM

Eco-Complete and sand
 
Hi All, I am starting up a 36 Gallon tank. I have 2 twenty pound bags of eco-complete and 15lbs of petco black sand. Has anyone worked with this combo before? Will the addition of the sand give enough weight to hold down stemmed plants? THANKS!

Diana 11-01-2012 01:50 AM

IME EC is very similar to sand, and a mix ought to work just fine. Maybe it was just the bags I got, but I would have a hard time telling sand apart from EC.

somewhatshocked 11-01-2012 01:55 AM

Eco-Complete is much larger than than sand, so all the sand will sink to the bottom.

JerSaint 11-01-2012 05:28 PM

I was thinking of mixing in a bit of the sand with the eco-complete, but mostly using the sand as a cap. I have heard that the ec is somewhat difficult to work with for stems. Will the sand cap help?

Andrew H 11-01-2012 05:42 PM

I didn't have issues with stemmed plants in Eco complete. Like any other substrate you just need to have depth to hold the plant in place.

Gooberfish 11-01-2012 08:17 PM

I use EC and cap it with black sand. It works great as long as you don't move stuff around a lot. I say go for it.

AirstoND 11-02-2012 01:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2063560)
Eco-Complete is much larger than than sand, so all the sand will sink to the bottom.

+1, Also more pronounced if you have high current, trmpet snails and cories

AoxomoxoA 11-02-2012 02:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gooberfish (Post 2064291)
I use EC and cap it with black sand. It works great as long as you don't move stuff around a lot. I say go for it.

"as long as you don't move stuff" at all

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2063560)
Eco-Complete is much larger than than sand, so all the sand will sink to the bottom.

Quote:

Originally Posted by AirstoND (Post 2064630)
+1, Also more pronounced if you have high current, trmpet snails and cories

+2

acitydweller 11-05-2012 09:26 AM

Maybe that cap was reversed no? As the denser layer should be on the bottom.


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