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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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replacing gravel with eco-complete in established stocked planted tank??

How would one go on this? Would it be damaging to the eco system in the tank if one would remove and replace all the gravel?

Should I use eco-complete by itself or anything else suggested?

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I am fairly new to planted tanks but I put eco only in my 29 and it seems fine, the plants are doing great and it is a low light, no co2 tank.
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it will probably throw the bio cycle off, alot of the bacteria lives in the gravel/substrate. (i have done it without problems though)

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hmm anyone have any thoughts on leaving 30% of the gravel and simply mixing it with the eco-complete?
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I did it several months ago in my 29g. Changed out a third at a time, spread out over a week or ten days. No problems.

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Another thing you can do is place some of your old gravel in about 5-10 fine mesh bags and burry them in the eco complete when you change it out. This will help with the cycle and allow your bacteria to spread to the new gravel.
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I was going to replace my old substrate too. I have about 50lbs of Baylee's to put in there to give me about 3" of coverage.

I figured as long as I didn't do a water change and filter cleaning I would be OK. But now you guys have me nervous.

I was going to remove the existing tank water (as much as I could) to house the current residents with an airstone & heater while I did the substrate change. Then put that water back.

Think that's too much of a shock to the bio filter?

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