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Hello, I'm total new on this trying to setup 12g fluval edge, with custom LED hood that once used over 10g marine tank.
Just bought Carib Sea Eco-Complete I am planning to use about 1.5-2.0 inch and top it with 1-1.5 inch gravel, my question is do I need any other additives to add or Carib Sea Eco-Complete is enough.


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Welcome! Eco-Complete is almost completely inert. It will absorb some nutrients from the water to provide to roots. You will need to feed plants with column dosing though. Almost any substrate will need some type of column dosing eventually so you might as well start now. Eco and gravel will be difficult to plant in though. Have you considered using washed play sand or Black Diamond Blasting Sand? Much cheaper, easy to plant in, and has a nice clean look. I have Eco-complete capped with BDBS.

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Thank you for the reply, I will check the "washed play sand or Black Diamond Blasting Sand" or maybe white sand?
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Thank you for the reply, I will check the "washed play sand or Black Diamond Blasting Sand" or maybe white sand?
Make sure it is a graded and washed sand. You will still have to wash it, but general purpose sand that has not been graded will have a lot of dust that will contribute to compaction of your substrate.

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How about if I go around by using Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix as base and cap that with eco-complete
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How about if I go around by using Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix as base and cap that with eco-complete
. I would not recommend soil substrate for a beginner. Some have great success with it, Others have had disastrous results. Biggest problem is stirring up the soil into the water when replanting.

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Oh OK, so Black Diamond Blasting Sand it is its just I'm in Montreal Canada and not everything is available down here, hope I find BDBS. for dosing what do you recommend?
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Oh OK, so Black Diamond Blasting Sand it is its just I'm in Montreal Canada and not everything is available down here, hope I find BDBS. for dosing what do you recommend?
. I believe it is sold under a different brand there. Try looking for sand blasting sand medium grade. The type is coal slag.

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even that for past hour I tried to find anything similar to Black Blasting Sand but with no luck.

Ill try more tonight and pray to find.

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If you already bought the Eco-complete, you should use it. With both eco-complete and the various sands you will need to add additional fertilizers anyways. The BDBS won't provide any extra benefits in your case, unless you really like how it looks or are planning on frequently replanting your tank.
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I use Eco-complete with Caribsea Crystal river sand. Gives a much more natural look than coal slag.

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I use Eco-complete with Caribsea Crystal river sand. Gives a much more natural look than coal slag.

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Thanks at least "Caribsea Crystal river sand" is available through Amazon Canada. And for fertilizer I use Seachem Flourish, Seachem Flourish Iron and Seachem Flourish Phosphorus??
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I use Eco-Complete and agree with AguaScape that it's hard to plant in.

If you end up using it I'd recommend:
  • Put in about 10mm of the Eco-Complete.
  • Place Flourish Tabs, following the pattern recommended on the bag.
  • Cover with the rest of the Eco-Complete.

I wish I'd done this when I started. The Flourish Tabs can be difficult to smoosh down into Eco-Complete afterwards.

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