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Eco-complete change

I have a heavily planted(middle and left side) 55 gallon. The right side contains medium size grave(no plants). I want to replace the gravel with Eco-complete and then plant a carpet of Riccia. Would it be best to completely remove all the gravel or can I leave it for a base and put the eco-complete over it. Have never used Eco-complete before. Have already ordered the Riccia.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2005, 09:29 PM
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It depends, what color the substrate is. If it's the same color as eco-complete(black) then you could go ahead and pour it in. If it's like a different color, i'd remove the regular substrate and then pour in eco.

Planted tanks doesn't look too well when different color of substrates are mixed.
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You want the Eco on the bottom for the plants...on top defeats the purpose and will end up mixing over time anyways.

It would be well worth the time to do a complete switch or you will regret it in the future.
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You want the Eco on the bottom for the plants...on top defeats the purpose and will end up mixing over time anyways.

It would be well worth the time to do a complete switch or you will regret it in the future.
Will Riccia work planting it over the gravel? I will be weighting it down with weights.

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Sorry but I missed the riccia part the first time around...I just saw layering eco and started typing I think.

Riccia does not need any substrate at all. It does not root. I have it strapped to a stone with thread now. Just lay it down, weigh it down and keep the nutrients good in the water and the CO2 good and it will grow like a weed.
I will never layer my substrates again because NOTHING in a planted tank is permanant. LOL
Down the road you will want to change the tank around and it will become a mess, trust me.
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Cool, I want even mess with the Eco-complete then. Will just weigh down the Riccia over the gravel.

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There are a couple of ways you can get your riccia weighed down, the most common being by placing a thin layer over a small, flat stone and then wrapping lots of fishing wire around to keep it in place.

It can be a bit of a PITA when it grows dense as the bottom portion of the plant will tend to rot.
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check this article out: http://tropicalresources.net/phpBB2/...pic.php?t=7914

How to make riccia flutens 'mounds'


You'll need some plastic canvas (from a craft store), a stapler, and some rocks to weigh it down.
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It is a nice idea, but you have to pull the whole thing apart when the Riccia grows out of the sandwich.

I still think the weights are easier, but I may give the "sandwich" approach a shot.

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