Join Date: May 2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN
None of the original gravel was removed. The Eco Complete was added to the existing gravel, and the two were hand mixed together. The aquarium was recently set up, and a sponge filter is in use for extra bacteria back up (I took the cannister filter off prior to adding the new substrate, as I was concerned particulates might damage it). Additionally, at this point the 3 goldfish are still pretty small in 46 gallons, and weekly water changes occur, as the tank owner is well aware they are messy fish.
The photo is directly prior to adding Eco Complete; tank clouded up a bit, and I have not visited since to take an updated photo. Additionally, an LED light replaced the old T-8 fluorescent fixture in the photo.
I have some gel caps filled with Osmocote + for the sword Ozelot and Red Flame swrd plants. I have not used them before, so it will be interesting to see what happens.