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Old 01-13-2014, 05:36 AM   #1
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Eco-Complete VS ActivFlora Glosso Battle


So I've had both Eco-Complete and ActivFlora in a multitude of tanks. Lately I've been leaning more towards Activ-Flora and really want to put both to the test. Here we go:

Both substrates I took straight out of the bag (huray for left overs). Pulled a run of glosso from one of my tanks. Cut off 4 identical pieces in line off the same "run" and placed 2 in each jar and filled with water. No ferts or dosing of any kind. Both under the same 3W Deep Blue 6,7k Solar Max. I'll keep track every few days or so.



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Very nice experiment! I would love to see the emersed forms too on these 2 substrates!
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I haven't delved into the emersed side of plant keeping but I would like to see that as well.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:08 AM   #5
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:20 AM   #6
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Thanks for sharing us your study so far. This is very interesting!!! I sub'd your threads.

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So figured I'd check how the "battle" was fairing (not expecting anything different) before going to bed and noticed something very interesting...



ActivFlora glosso seems to have a small bubble as if it were pearling. I've never seen pearling without co2 and dosing ferts so is it truly pearling or just a random bubble?
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Update?
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UPDATE: Heres pics taken this Sunday.




The Eco-Complete grew the first new plant followed by ActivFlora growing the next two and finally Eco-Complete with the last one. Both have 4 plants in each glass so plant wise it's a tie. Just in the past day or two I have noticed the Eco-Complete plants starting to show signs of nutrient deficiency. I haven't added any nutrients to the containers so next week should be interesting. I did do 2 water changes thus far by simply running both containers under the faucet on a slow trickle. I wasn't planning of doing water changes but the Eco-Complete developed a slime coat almost and felt it was needed. The ActivFlora did have a little bit of settlement when I rinsed so both benefited I feel. I have noticed the Eco-Complete's substrate has really separated with the fine grain moving towards the bottom.
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ActivFlora gets my vote here. Same number of new growth, but AF looks healthier!
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Look like Active Flora is winning the battle. Very nice experiment. Keep us update for little more yea?
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I'll be sure to update about twice a week for the next month or two.
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I think your selling me on this stuff.
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Haha, Justin we are in the great fortune of having it available for $25 in RI. If you pull the trigger on the 20 high I don't mind picking up 2 bags for you and can drop them off when I'm in the area. I got to North Kingstown and Fatima Hospital almost weekly. Plus I might be able to get my discount and get it a little cheaper yet.
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That Cuba you gave me settled right in with the AcitivFlora substrate.

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