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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2004, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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finaly ive found somewere to get eco complete online (im from the uk), and i will have my co2 rigged up once i have some form of diffusor (any tips for diy will help) and i have 3.6wpg at the mo and once ive completed my hood i will have 4.2 so im getting there on the lighting and i will stop at that, but im worried about adding the eco complete because i have sand allready, the 20lbs bag will be enought for my tank but i wanted to mix it with my sand, is this wise, or shall i mix some on the bottom and layer the rest on top without no sand?

is 4.2wpg on the right track to growing most medium light plants?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2004, 07:25 AM
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2 w gal does great. More is not better.
You will find this out.

EC is good. I'd suggest TFC forum for the UK, they have a good active plant group and can tell you were to get things like KNO3 etc there.

There are a number of DIY CO2 reactor set ups. Some simple, some not so simple.-

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There's really no reason to go above 3wpg with power compacts....maybe 3.5wpg if you're stuck with normal fluorescents. Tom might be able to grow anything with 2wpg, but we're not all at that level of experience yet.
But 'medium' light is typically about 2-2.5wpg, anything over 2.5wpg is considered high light. At your light level right now, you should be setting up some CO2 injection.

I'm not a fan of mixing eco with anything. It'll look weird with anything but black sand, but if it pleases you, go with it. Just remember it's hard to keep different substrates layered, or evenly mixed. Over time it'll mix how it wants to mix.
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i baught some stuff today to mix with my gravel, its supposed to contain trace elements and apparently is ideal for rootage and anerobic whatevers..

it was a dry sorta gravly stuff but i have ordered a bag of eco complete, i might just layer the eco on top of the sand and mix some in, i baught some more plants aswell today, for some reason everything seems to be looking happier over the hours, i might stick with the lighting i have at the moment then which is 3.6 and start dosing co2, ive found a site in the us that sell the ceramic diffusors which ill have under my filter intake, i dont have a ph controler because i diy'ed the kit but i will just run it on about 1-2 bubbles per sec once i have everything for the kit. i have a 2 foot deep tank so i need quite a bit of light to get to the bottom.
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Before you mix the "gravely stuff" with you Eco-Complete run it by us.

What exactly is the "gravely stuff"? Laterite?


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yeah its sorta like laterite, itll be ok with the eco im sure, its just some laterite looking gravel to mix with your sand or whatever to give your plants some nutrients. the eco still hasent arrived yet so ill have to follow up what happend there.
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Since your in England, why not add JBL Aquabasis or even better Tetra Complete Substrate under the EC?
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ive never heard of it to be frank.. i wish i did, the lfs's around here are crap.
the gravely 'stuff' is doing fine, some of it is above the sand but the look is good and there is still a good amount mixed in with the sand.

as it stands im going to stick with what i have at the moment. the eco took ages and the company said it wasent in stock so i canceld it after a while.

im gonna stick with getting my head around the ferts before i think about adding eco.
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