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BDBS + Ammazonia & Eco-Complete

This is for those of you that have used BDBS. I am thinking of setting up a new tank and am considering combining substrates. 1/4 Amazonia, 1/4 Eco-Complete black and 1/2 BDBS. I would mix the Amazonia and Eco-Complete and then cap it with BDBS. If you've done something like this, please let me know what your results were like. Separation/layering issues?


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Is there a reason for the EC?
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Is there a reason for the EC?
BDBS is totally inert. I was thinking of the eco complete for it's CEC.


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I'm thinking there would be a mess of substrate particles as time moves forward with uprooting plants, moving things, water changes, fish digging etc. There is no reason why it wouldn't work in terms of growing plants, but with so many success stories of using each of those substrates on their own, why bother with the extra work and potential of extra headache later on? Just my thoughts. I always like seeing people try new things, eventually a far out idea will catch on.

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I'm thinking there would be a mess of substrate particles as time moves forward with uprooting plants, moving things, water changes, fish digging etc. There is no reason why it wouldn't work in terms of growing plants, but with so many success stories of using each of those substrates on their own, why bother with the extra work and potential of extra headache later on? Just my thoughts. I always like seeing people try new things, eventually a far out idea will catch on.
I've been thinking that too but I thought I'd ask if anyone had tried a similar combo. That whole train of thought that goes "Maybe it won't be that bad" The Amazonia mixed in I'm ok with. It will eventually break down and settle.


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BDBS is totally inert. I was thinking of the eco complete for it's CEC.
The CEC of flourite has been measured at 1.7, that's very low. I don't believe EC is anything other than flourite packed in water with some bacteria added.
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The CEC of flourite has been measured at 1.7, that's very low. I don't believe EC is anything other than flourite packed in water with some bacteria added.
Eco-complete is branded by CaribSea. If it's actually the same product as flourite, i swore off that stuff over a decade ago. Horrible substrate IMO.


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Well, it's certainly not very scientific but if you take them out of the bag I can't tell any difference between the two.
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Well, it's certainly not very scientific but if you take them out of the bag I can't tell any difference between the two.
Thank you for letting me know. That's off the table now.


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just go with straight BDBS or straight ADA
don't bother with that other nonsense


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I sure wouldn't cap ADA. Like klibs said straight BDBS or straight ADA. If I was going to cap I'd just use dirt and BDBS. No sense spending the money on ADA if it's not going to show.
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