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Did eco-complete change?

I bought a new bag yesterday and it looks different, Lots of bigger pebbles, and a lot of what appears to be volcanic rock and laterite maybe. And my TDS went from 0-100 in a couple hours. Seems different. Anyone notice this? Or am I crazy?
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I thought EC has always been volcanic rock. But I could see how their source of it might change over time.
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Ah thanks guys! Looks a lot different then my last bag. But I like it.
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I bought a new bag yesterday and it looks different, Lots of bigger pebbles, and a lot of what appears to be volcanic rock and laterite maybe. And my TDS went from 0-100 in a couple hours. Seems different. Anyone notice this? Or am I crazy?
first 3-4 weeks you will see change in water TDS, mine have the same issue.
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first 3-4 weeks you will see change in water TDS, mine have the same issue.

How does one achieve Zero TDS considering nearly everything tossed into the aquarium contributes to them?
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whats TDS?
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I just got 80 pounds in and its the same as what I purchased 3-4 years ago. Works great buy the way. Was able to toss the CO2. Plants grow like crazy.

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whats TDS?
TDS = Total Dissolved Solids

It's a measure of water hardness.





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How does one achieve Zero TDS considering nearly everything tossed into the aquarium contributes to them?

You do not, and do not want to.
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You do not, and do not want to.
Agreed, One of the post's above mentioned that their water went from Zero TDS to a hundred in a couple hours. Just wondering how they managed Zero considering everything that contributes to them (ie) change water, fish food,waste,fertilizers,etc.
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Was able to toss the CO2. Plants grow like crazy.
Really? I was informed to keep to keep using CO2 and ferts. I have the Eco Complete for Planted Aquariums.

Do tell?
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Is there a good walk though on this forum about the use of Eco-Complete. I'm getting ready to start a planted tank and from everything that I have read it seems to be what is considered a "canned solution". If I use Eco-Complete do I need to layer with a different top layer or can I justs throw in Eco-Complete and go? I've been looking for a good walk through all day and can't really find one that doesn't go extremely granular. I'm not ready for the specifics and the science behind it all yet. I am just looking to get off of the ground.

Any thoughts?

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No you do not need to layer it. It will over time layer out for you. Just throw it in.


The TDS seems to be stabilizing now with many water changes. It's not going over a 100, I can live with that. But this stuff is very different from the last bag I bought. I have the old stuff in a 20 gallon, and its much finer. However I like this stuff. Probably got the end of the batch last time.

Anyone know if the CEC is good on Eco-Complete?
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No you do not need to layer it. It will over time layer out for you. Just throw it in.


The TDS seems to be stabilizing now with many water changes. It's not going over a 100, I can live with that. But this stuff is very different from the last bag I bought. I have the old stuff in a 20 gallon, and its much finer. However I like this stuff. Probably got the end of the batch last time.

Anyone know if the CEC is good on Eco-Complete?
The numbers I've seen are lower than clay but vastly better than sand or gravel.
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