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Eco Complete, new tank, 55 gallon

Hi all, I just got a 55 gallon tank and bought 60lbs of Eco Complete Plant substrate, but I am wondering how I should fill the tank with water? I know if I use straight tap water it will kill the bacteria that comes with the Eco Complete, but I don't really have an easy way to fill 55 gallons other than a garden hose.

Would it be ok if I fill the tank with the hose, treat it with Stress Coat Plus, and then dump the Eco Complete in once the water has been treated? I'd rather put the substrate in first, but it would take me forever to fill the tank any way, like 5 gallons at a time with a bucket, treating it a bucket at a time with the Stress Coat.
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I wouldn't worry about it. You're still going to have to cycle your tank anyway, and I'm not sure eco-complete will give you huge time savings. I'd just put the substrate in and fill it up. You can then treat the water afterwards.

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Just add the substrate, then the full dose of de-chlorinator while the tank is filling. The actual amount of live bacteria in Eco-Complete is minimal if any.


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Just add the substrate, then the full dose of de-chlorinator while the tank is filling. The actual amount of live bacteria in Eco-Complete is minimal if any.
I agree with this fully. Also, get some Tetra SafeStart and put the recommended amount in there. For ~$13 you get a completely cycled tank in 3 days. Make sure if you buy some though it isn't past its expiration date.


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Thanks for the solid advice all, I'll do exactly as you all recommended. =]
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