eco-complete VS Flourite - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-27-2005, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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eco-complete VS Flourite

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I'm gettin ready to set up my first planted tank, I have done S.W. for a few years now but never fresh water, so along with my home work on sustrate I just thought I would get a poll going to see what most people are going with out of Flourite and eco-complete....
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-27-2005, 09:04 PM
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Eco-Complete... for the color and the lack of having to rinse, open the bag and pour it in. I think they both grow plants equally.
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I'm with Buck on this one...
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post #4 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-27-2005, 09:39 PM
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Don't hesitate, go Eco-complete. I've wasted too much time & water rinsing Flourite. I'd still be rinsing flourite if I hadn't gone w/ Eco-C for my 110g.
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...ditto.
And I dunno, but I think the Eco-Complete also looks like it might be softer on tender barbels.

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wow.thanks guys, I was so close to ordering the flourite in just a few days or so, .........
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I haven't used either yet as I still can't get it around here. But from all I've read it seems that the only issue with the Eco-Complete is that its a bit lightweight making it sometimes difficult to hold plants.

Anybody have comments on that?
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Mix in some Moon sand or Estes black sand. Good color match and it is much easier to plant in. I just set up a 75g using 60lbs of estabished eco from my old tank and added 70lbs of Moon sand. The plants held much better then straight Eco.
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Eco-Complete due to convience, just pour it into your tank and the black really make plants stand out.
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I haven't had any problems with getting plants to stay in my EC. I think it's pretty dense all things considered. A bag of EC seems to be about the same size as a bag of Flourite, but weighs 4.5 lbs more. Plus EC has a lot of very small particles in it. Now I don't have anything like hairgrass or glosso either. Don't know if that makes a difference.

Much agreed on the color. I love it, makes everything else stand out.
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No problems planting glosso, hairgrass, or HC in eco-complete. No problems planting anything, for that matter.

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No need to rinse flourite. Just let it sit for a couple days with the filter off to minimize agitation and it will settle nicely. Then all that fine particulate matter becomes an excellent source of nutrients for small roots. It's working great for me and my water is crystal clear. I admit that I've never even seen eco-complete around here (Seattle) but when I do I plan to pick some up and give it a go.
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Another vote for EcoComplete. I think it looks better anyway. I know what you mean by plants getting uprooted easier, my angels are always uprooting my hairgrass. The Moon sand sounds like a good addition.
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im in the same Eco complete, even that i dont have it yet from all my research they have same effect on plants prob a little but better, but for a 187 gallon tank i dont think i will be washing all that before xmas
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I voted Flourite, I prefer it because it is heavier and more natural looking, they are both equally good though...
Beside's, it really is not that hard to rinse..

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