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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2019, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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Eco Complete vs Fluval

I've got a primary 120 gal tank and several smaller support tanks. Historically I've used Eco Complete as a trusted resource for plants. Typically I'll rinse and agitate for about an hour to clear the worst of the leeching before using. Recently tried FLUVAL substrate (blue bag) and I'm interested to hear other's experience. First of all, despite rinsing it clouds water severely as a down side; however, I did find it very easy to work with as it holds plants much more easily than Eco.

I'm playing with the idea of doing a 1:1 mix of the two with significant rinsing before introducing the FLUVAL. I'm hoping this may result in the best of both especially with respect to ease of use.

Has anyone used the FLUVAL and any thoughts from the collective on this plan?
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They are two completely different types of substrate. I wouldn't think there would be a problem with mixing them except the Fluval is so much lighter I would expect it to migrate to the top and end up as a cap. In simple terms the Fluval is compressed soil and the EC is rock. Fluval is an active substrate that provides nutrition for the plants. EC is basically inert. Thorough rinsing of the EC will get rid of the dust. Thorough rinsing of the Fluval will get rid of the entire substrate. You can rinse away all the good stuff you're paying for.
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Don't mix it. That will just look messy. Pick one or the other.

But why on earth would you rinse a dirt/clay substrate? Put it in your tank and slowly add water. Rinsing it leads to breakdown and loss of nutrients. Definitely don't do that.


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