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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-2020, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question Can I mix substrate? NEWBIE QUESTION

I am new and learning along the way!!!!

So I realized that I dont have enough substrate and I need to add more!!! My plants have barely started to root but I NEED to add more! (I've had them in for about 2 weeks)
Its a 20 gallon tank with only 3 fish...2 corys and 1 BN pleco. All 3 are very small still. The substrate I currently use is eco-complete substrate.

What is your suggestion for a good substrate I can just go ahead and add on top.
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I'd just add more eco since that's what you already have. Eco is inert so no risk of kicking off a cycle and you're already familiar with how it acts.
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But all the kick back it gives. is that harmful to fish??
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Kick back? You mean stirring up all the gunk that has settled in the substrate? I'd just give it a good vacuuming the next couple water changes to minimize the crud built up in the substrate and then slowly add the new eco on top of the old stuff. Just do it a cup at a time and spot add it rather than dumping it all in and spreading it out. That should minimize any stirring up of whatever is still in the substrate. If the tank is only a couple weeks old there really shouldn't be too much in there anyways. Of course only 3 fish, you could remove them to another container, add the new substrate, then let the filter run a few hours and let anything that does get kicked up get filtered out and/or settled back down the put the fish back in.


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