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shift 02-07-2013 07:08 PM

Eco-complete - worth adding soil?
 
I'm thinking of swapping my white rocks to either fluval stratum or eco-complete. From what i have read neither one has many nutrients Is it worth putting a base layer of miracle grow organic soil underneath?

msawdey 02-07-2013 07:23 PM

yes and yes.... i love eco, but unless your doing EI dosing, go with the mts

Yankee 02-07-2013 07:32 PM

Yes - either cap your dirt with Eco complete or flourite (my favorite). The high CEC will help keep the nutrients near the roots.

shift 02-07-2013 07:52 PM

Eco-complete - worth adding soil?
 
Should I pre soak the mgopm for a day or so first? I going to swap the substrate soon!! May go shopping today :)

shift 02-07-2013 07:56 PM

Eco-complete - worth adding soil?
 
What's mts? I'm doing low tech with a half dose of ferts every in a while

junglefowl 02-07-2013 08:46 PM

Eco-complete - worth adding soil?
 
MTS is mineralized topsoil substrate!!!

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=152027

This thread may be helpful

Option 02-07-2013 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Yankee (Post 2471714)
Yes - either cap your dirt with Eco complete or flourite (my favorite).

+1 for flourite...my favorite as well.

I recently tried Eco complete and I absolutely can't stand it! Pumped up my pH way too high plus the size of the substrate is way to big & course for my liking.

Yankee 02-07-2013 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by shift (Post 2471986)
Should I pre soak the mgopm for a day or so first? I going to swap the substrate soon!! May go shopping today :)

Depends on if you're swapping the soil into a tank with fish. If you are, then soak it for a week as it releases ammonia for quite some time. If not then make sure to let it stand in the tank for a week and make sure the tank is cycled before adding fish.

shift 02-07-2013 10:03 PM

There is fish/shrimp in the tank.. I will temporarily remove them when i do the swap.

I guess I will give the MGOPM a few days in a bucket to save the sea creatures.

I ended up getting eco-complete :)

shift 02-07-2013 11:40 PM

HOw much ammonia will it actually leach out? Will the plants handle it or is it best to soak it for a few days?

Yankee 02-07-2013 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by shift (Post 2474218)
HOw much ammonia will it actually leach out? Will the plants handle it or is it best to soak it for a few days?

They'll handle it - just plant the heck out of the tank so it absorbs all of the other nutrients that are released initially otherwise you'll get some algae.

shift 02-07-2013 11:52 PM

Its decently planted. maybe ill grab a few more stems just to be safe ;)


http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/im.../yt_11186e.jpg

thanks :)

shift 02-08-2013 05:44 AM

Now that was a mess! hopefully the muddy lake that is my aquarium clears up by tomorrow. I think i went a little overboard on the substrate thickness.. but to late now!

shift 02-08-2013 07:27 AM

Is there any tricks to clearing the murky swamp water or is it just a mixture of the waiting game and an excessive number of water changes?

wkndracer 02-08-2013 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by shift (Post 2478410)
Is there any tricks to clearing the murky swamp water or is it just a mixture of the waiting game and an excessive number of water changes?

read more before you leap LOL never a horror story to date in house using soil base set ups.
how thick a soil layer did you use, how thick a capping layer?


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