Carib Sea Eco Complete and Anchoring Problems - The Planted Tank Forum
 3Likes
  • 2 Post By Immortal1
  • 1 Post By 808style
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-12-2020, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 2
Carib Sea Eco Complete and Anchoring Problems

I was thinking of using Eco complete as my substrate, but I have been reading in reviews that because of how light it is it may be challenging to anchor plants in it. My biggest concern is weather or not it will be able to hold dwarf hair grass due to how thin the plant is. If anchoring plants really is a problem what other substrates could I use to cap off the Eco complete to hold onto my plants better.
tearingwaif17 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-12-2020, 02:58 PM
Captain
 
Immortal1's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Iowa
Posts: 3,476
If your concern is centered around Dwarf Hair Grass, then I would suggest using Black Diamond blasting sand for a substrate.
I have been using Eco Complete for many years and find that it holds plants fairly well - assuming the conditions are good for the plants to generate root systems. Occasionally the substrate collects too much of ______ and some plants will simply fail to generate roots. Take the same plant and put it into another tank and it generates roots just fine.

Capping Eco Complete with Black Diamond blasting sand is not generally a good idea - the finer / heavier sand will eventually settle to the bottom leaving the lighter Eco Complete exposed once again.
Quagulator and Leeatl like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- GreggZ Tank Parameters
Immortal1 is online now  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-14-2020, 08:42 AM
Algae Grower
 
808style's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu
Posts: 58
I was able to grow a full carpet of dwarf hairgrass using eco complete as my only substrate. It was able to hold no problems.
Immortal1 likes this.
808style is online now  
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-14-2020, 12:51 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Quagulator's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Forest City ON, Canada
Posts: 2,309
One of the big drawbacks to Eco-Complete is anchoring delicate plants well into it. I never had luck and was getting fed up with wet sleeves re-planting smaller plants into it.

I would go with a sand if you are going to be using an inert substrate and want hair grass to establish well. It can work with Eco-Complete, but it's much easier with sand / a denser substrate.

"No Ice? Just Freeze Some Water"
My Dirted 10 Gallon High Tech:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Quagulator is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome