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Substrate change, I need your input!

Once I get my tax return back I'm doing a full tank overhaul. I'm planning on going with Eco-complete or flourite black sand. Tell me your experiences with each! Which is better, which do you prefer? I'm set on one or the other, I don't want to pay for aquasoil and it's far too cold and snowy to do mts so I've narrowed it down to one of these two.

Anyway, I'm going to unload my fish and plants into Homer buckets and siphon out most of the sand, leave about 2 inches of water in so I can swish off most of that lovely mulm from my gravel as I remove it then add the new substrate and rescape. I'll fill it a third or so and plant, then fill fully.

I do have a question on ferts though, since I'll be pulling almost all the water out will in need to do anything different with my fert routine? I'm dosing EI style with the seachem line if that helps.

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I personally prefer Flourite over Eco b/c of the more uniform color and grain size, and less risk of altering water parameters.





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I personally prefer Flourite over Eco b/c of the more uniform color and grain size, and less risk of altering water parameters.
What's been your experience with Eco altering water parameters? I've been thinking about changing my Fluorite red for Eco because I find it difficult to plant in and it's pretty "dusty", even after two years. Plus, I like the black color better.
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What's been your experience with Eco altering water parameters? I've been thinking about changing my Fluorite red for Eco because I find it difficult to plant in and it's pretty "dusty", even after two years. Plus, I like the black color better.
yes please elaborate...I've never heard about eco messing with water perameters. It's my top choice right now because of the color (I don't mind non-uniform, looks more natural to me really.) and the fact that I most likely won't have to buy a second bag for my plans but that might sway me (unless it's something simple like softening the water, mine's liquid rock here anyway)


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Personally, I'd go for a mix. In my experience, Eco crushes much easier than Flourite, so over time it's grain size gets smaller, while Flourite's remains the same. I like a substrate that's a mix of grain sizes, therefore, for me, 50/50 black flourite and Eco is perfect, because as the years pass, and Eco breaks up, it creates the perfect substrate.

Actually, even better is to throw in a bag or two of AS, but that's just me probably.


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Depends on your water parameters, but Eco can raise and buffer pH and hardness- though I believe the effect is usually temporary. Reads so on the bag, even, if I remember correctly?





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