Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
Eco-Complete contains no nutrients for plants. It can only hold what you, yourself, add to your tank via root tabs or fert dosing.
When it comes to Crystal shrimp, plenty of people have been able to dose with little to no issue. Just do it slowly and acclimate over time. (Or, better yet, use root tabs and no CO2. Looks like most of your plants will be okay with just root ferts. That's how most people with Crystals will tell you to go. But it wouldn't be great with Dwarf Baby Tears/HC.)
Your KH is quite high, as well. Should be shooting for the 0-1 range with those shrimp, ideally.
Thank you for the reply! I'm a bit confused though, if Eco-Complete doesn't come with nutrients in it then why do they say it does?
"Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate is the complete planted aquarium substrate. Mineralogically complete. Contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, plus 25 other elements to nourish your aquatic plants. Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium substrate contains all the mineral nutrients needed for luxuriant plant growth." http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=9087
So that's a lie? There are NO nutrients in Eco-Complete I have to ADD them?
Not trying to be contrary I'm just confused and a bit annoyed that I wasted money on it if it is basically just rocks.
How would I lower the KH without affecting the GH?
I've read a lot about the "ideal" conditions for the crystals (as well as for fish, plants etc.), however, I haven't found much/any scientific research/facts as to WHY these conditions are ideal. Why do crystals need a KH of 0? How does this benefit them from a scientific point of view?
It's helpful for me to understand the science behind the claims of "ideal" conditions so I can be better informed and fully understand the processes that are happening.