Is there anyone who has used this? If some of you are aware of my previous posts, I bought a load of ADA Amazonia that turned out to be a dud, constantly browning my water, six months afterwards. Before that I had a laterite first layer capped by sand, and that was a poor choice for a novice to planted tanks. I could never get the black mossy/hair algae to go away and I never was happy. Also the laterite kept surfacing through the sand and super saturating the water column with nutrients.
I am looking at Eco Complete and I understand the need to dose. I’ll do some researching on dosing later, but what is the care and use of Eco Complete like? Do you vacuum? What’s it’s cycle like? Is it hard for bottom feeders like Corys and Plecos? Is it easy to plant in or to plants constantly pop up?
Do you cap it? If so, I’m looking at the Black Diamond Blasting Sand. If I cap with blasting sand, how does that change the care of the substrate?
My tank is still the color of coffee, it still has the ADA in it. It’s a 45 gallon tall, low tech, but looking to upgrade with CO2 later. I really want to do an amazon tank, with some large leaf swords, a couple of crypto’s, some moss on driftwood, and a carpet of baby tears. My fish will be a couple of Corys, a bristlenose and a pair of rams.
FWIW, I am using Eco Complete and have been since I started the tank - see build journal listed below. To answer some of your questions;
Yes, I vacuum the substrate to some degree every weekend. Mostly skimming over the top as opposed to shoving the vacuum into the substrate.
Cycle, not sure what you mean. What I have is roughly 3-4 years old now and is still working fine.
I have had cories for many years - they are fine
Easy to plant in - no. Can you learn to adapt, yes. Like I said, have a look at either the beginning or end of my journal (big change in appearance). I have at least 2.5" - 3" of the stuff.
My guess is if you tried to cap it with something like Black Diamond Blasting Sand, the finer sand particles would work their way to the bottom glass leaving the lighter, larger Eco Complete on the top.