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Old 01-13-2014, 11:49 PM   #16
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Coldwater King: I read the thread, not a lot of experienced people posting about it unfortunatley. Like all the people who reported great sucess I too washed it once or twice to prevent it from clouding. Some people must have confused the substrate with something else though as one person mentions it was tough to plant plants in even at 3" deep. Either he did something incredibly wrong or I think mixed up his products as this is idiot proof in the sense of plantability...is that a word? In any event I've made a tank journal and will be following it's progression very closely. Unless the Eco-Compelete out proforms substantially I will always go with ActivFlora for it's ease of planting, carpeting, and just plain good unifrom black looks.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:51 PM   #17
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Hey I say if you like it, use it
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This will be fun to watch!! Wish the result was in already though... hate waiting for next episode to come out... haha
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #19
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Actually I want to set up a new tank soon, and I was going to use a special mix... and I might substitute the eco complete for this.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:12 AM   #20
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Depending on what your planting 95% of the time I would recommend ActivFlora over Eco-Complete. Just my opinion though.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:18 AM   #21
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Depending on what your planting 95% of the time I would recommend ActivFlora over Eco-Complete. Just my opinion though.
If I start a tank in the near future I'll have to try this. You seem to give it some pretty high praise. You try any other carpeting plants in it like HC or DHG?
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:54 AM   #22
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I've only recently grown DHG and HC and another plant a fellow PTF member gave me on a visit to his house. Glosso is the only one out of the 4 that I could even get to "carpet". I do have flying fox's (siamese algae eaters) in one tank and if they even looked at the plants they came up. Gave that plant another member had on here a try in some left over Eco-Complete and it failed within 3 days in large bowl with an airstone and 2 small feeder goldfish. Don't worry the feeder fish are "gone" now haha.

Here's some pics of my frustration I dealt with two weeks back.
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Where the feeders went if you were wondering 0.0!
[URL="http://youtu.be/u8FOCNc-w8o"/URL] ....:-P
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:31 PM   #23
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Do you have to rinse activ flora or is it good to go out of the bag? I've never seen this stuff in person but your pics have made me interested. I like the look of it compared to eco complete.

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I always rinse any substrate I get. I know it says it contains .... and .... and you don't need to rinse but I always have. I typically rinse ActivFlora once or twice in a 5G bucket filled 1/3 at a time. Eco-Complete I usually rinse a few times as a lot of particles get trapped in the little crevices on the bigger pieces and it clouds more if I don't.
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I posted this in the tank journal section but seems their are so many people doing journals the post quickly gets lost so I'll probably update both threads to make it easier to find. :-/

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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Old 01-14-2014, 04:45 PM   #26
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IDK, but I've seen xmas moss pearl in a small container I put it in on my windowsill prior to adding it to my tank. So maybe?

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Old 01-14-2014, 05:21 PM   #27
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Huh, interesting. I see my gloss in my 12 Long pearl daily but thats understandable as it's high tech. This is bordering no tech and still pearl. Maybe it's a "left over bubble" from the 12 long haha.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #28
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Heck, you've nearly got me sold on ActivFlora. I don't mind the look of Eco-Complete, but I do prefer the all-black look of the ActivFlora. And it's definitely been a pain in the arse to keep plants rooted in Eco-Complete, since it's so lightweight.

Of course, now I have to find the stuff, since I don't see it (in black, anyway) on Amazon...
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Well I just ordered some for a 12" cube I have on the way so we'll see how it goes

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Nice, post your picks and responses on how you like it vs Eco-Complete. I would love to hear more thoughts and comparisons as the more opinions the better.
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