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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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hi i want to add eco-complete to replace my play sand substrate in a planted tank. the tanks 29 gallons so is 2 bags enough? also is could i just dump it in with the water still in the tank? the tanks already got plants, 9 neon tetras, 2 otocinclus, and a pearl gourami so i dont think i want to drain it. will it cloud the water? thanks
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I have a 36 gallon bowfront that I recently redid. To start, I had one goldfish several Amano shrimp and a few nerite snails. I decided I wanted plants (yes, goldfish, shrimp, and plants - she is really good with plants and the shrimp). I decided to go with eco-complete and the gravel I had in there.

I started by removing most of the objects so I could catch everyone easier. After placing everything in a 5 gallon bucket with tank water, I removed the fauna to individual buckets (of tank water).

I then started to gravel vac and water change (I took out about 60%). I scooped out the gravel and poured it into the bucket with the eco-complete. I mixed well (including the water in the bag - no rinsing).

Once the substrate was in I placed in new objects and the old ones I was to reuse. I then started putting in clean water and planting at the same time (I had a friend helping). Once the tank was set up with everything except the fauna, I turned on the filters (two HOB aqueon 30) and let it run for about an hour before I returned fauna to tank.

I should note I did had a spare bucket of tank water that I constantly replenished the holding bucket's water with.

Also, I did have a small ammonia spike for a day or two and lost one shrimp (surprisingly the one orange shrimp [caridina propinqua] survived). Everyone is happy and Nuke (the Shubunkin) has eaten a few plants but left the rest alone. The shrimp and snails are alive and well.
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Re: eco-complete

I have 60 lbs of eco-complete in my 29 and think I could possibly use another 10 or so.

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Re: eco-complete

BTW, I'm in Olympia. Howdy neighbor!

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I just removed pool filter sand and put in Eco-complete yesterday. Here is the thread.

I put 40 lbs (two bags) in my 29 gallon and I think it's perfect. It's 2" deep.

It is a dramatic change between the two substrates. Eco-complete is a lot bigger than I was expecting.
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I have eco compete...general rule of thumb is that you use 2# per gallon.

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