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Old 06-28-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
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Mixing eco-complete and old gravel and mulm


Has anyone ever mixed eco complete with any other substrate?

I recently moved and have decided to only keep one tank, my 38. The 38 had been set up for 2 years with about 2.5-3" gravel low light cryt and java fern.

I took my 29g tank's eco complete substrate ( around 3") and mixed it with the old gravel and mulm from the other tank so now I have a very salt and peper 5.5" substrate in my 38g tank.

I guess my question is: has anyone ever done this? What are peoples thougts?

I did this basically so that I didn't have to throw down any more bones on substrate. I guess that I will have to wait and see how the plants grow.

I don't think it will hurt the growth in my tank. I actually may expect it to improve a little with the new addition of 2 year old gravel and mulm.
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:01 PM   #2
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I almost always use some kind of mix of substrates. I'm forever adding something else into the substrate of my 29 gallon tank. You should be just fine.
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Thanks George.

How you been?

My 29g tank glass was so scratched in the back that I decided to make my 38g the planted tank. Just moved yesterday. All of my plants are floating now in the 38g along with all of my fish (swimming, not floating). I didn't have time to plant last night, so everything's just hanging. I'll post a new pic of the setup when I get everything together.

The two substrates look pretty cool mixed together, plus, it adds a nice element to the tank with the new depth.
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Thanks George.

How you been?

My 29g tank glass was so scratched in the back that I decided to make my 38g the planted tank. Just moved yesterday. All of my plants are floating now in the 38g along with all of my fish (swimming, not floating). I didn't have time to plant last night, so everything's just hanging. I'll post a new pic of the setup when I get everything together.

The two substrates look pretty cool mixed together, plus, it adds a nice element to the tank with the new depth.
I've been good, trying some different plants in the 29 gallon. Some with luck some without. No luck with Rotala magenta. R. macrandra v. green is starting to take off for me. Hottonia palustris is showing a little growth. My R. walichii was taking off, then the sae's ate it, so I moved them to the 45 and am still waiting for the plant to recuperate, but I think I may just have to get a few new healthy stems and see what happens. Ranalisma rostrata is starting to take off for me too, as well as Potamageton crispus and Cyperus helferi. Think that's about it on my end....lol.
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I also have a few questions regarding this:

Do you guys mix eco-complete with another substrate altogether or do you have like 2 inches of eco-complete on the bottom and 1 inch of another substrate on the top?
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I just mix together. Even if you layet it, once you start pulling stuff out and replanting it, it's just gonna get mixed together anyway.
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I like the look of the mix, I think it looks more natural. Ive got just a little grey stone mixed with my eco-complete and all is great.

Like George said, its unavoidable to mix it if its layered... all good plans have a hitch... LOL
Thats why I have always been opposed to using laterite, I play in the tank too much for that.
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