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Ecocomplete vs Flourite

I just ordered a 20lb bag of Eco-Complete sand to top of the 7kg of Flourite in my 20G long. A salesperson had good things to say about it... what would you guys say? Also, how much of it should I put in? (I've about an inch now, but I lost a good 1lb of it rinsing. I've heard eco doesn't cloud the water)


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In my recent tank I mixed both and I am also doing the same thing with my new 30 Long that I am starting. I have had excellent results. The eco complete has nutrients where as the flourite does not.
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In my recent tank I mixed both and I am also doing the same thing with my new 30 Long that I am starting. I have had excellent results. The eco complete has nutrients where as the flourite does not.
Does that mean I don't need liquid ferts?


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Does that mean I don't need liquid ferts?
I still use excel once a week and depending on what plants I have I dose Iron.
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Did the eco complete cloud when you put it in? The guy at the store said it doesn't so I might put my fish back in before I get it.


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No eco complete doesn't cloud. Before switching to aquasoil, I had it and my tank was crystal clear. I had to get some purigen after switching to aquasoil. Make sure you don't rinse the eco complete when you open it. Just put it straight into the tank.

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Eco has little to no nutrients. They both have high CEC. But the topic has been covered numerous times though. Not just on this forum but on the web period. The two are very comparable and both will give very similar results. Boils down to personal preference. Eco won't cloud but has inconsistent substrate size and lighter. Flourite needs to be rinsed thoroughly and has finer consistent substrate size and a little heavier. Flourite is typically cheaper especially considering eco has liquid in the bag. You will have to dose with both in order for the substrate to pull nutrients from the water column.
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One other difference is that I heard eco complete causes ph spikes
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