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Eco-complete & fluval plant stratum - What to expect?

I picked up a 20L this weekend and set it up yesterday. I had a lot of leftover substrate from various projects and wanted to use it up rather than buy any more. I had mostly eco-complete, so that went in first. It was't quite enough though, so I topped it with Fluval Plant Stratum which I also had laying around.

What I am wondering is, do you think they will stay separated, more or less, with the fluval on top? Or is the eco likely to work it's way up? I don't suppose it really matters all that much. I am just wondering what I might expect from this mix.

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There may be some blending but not much, as Eco-Complete is heavier.

You'll likely see the breakdown of Plant Stratum much more quickly than you would without Eco-Complete, however, as the EC tends to crush the Stratum as you move things around.


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You'll likely see the breakdown of Plant Stratum much more quickly than you would without Eco-Complete, however, as the EC tends to crush the Stratum as you move things around.
Ooo...didn't think of that. Planning to stock with endlers, corys & dwarf frogs. With the frogs & the corys, there is likely to be some substrate movement.

I guess I'll just have to see how it goes.

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I don't mean to make anyone think it'll instantly break down - I don't think it will. Just tends to do so more quickly than without something course to crush it.

Your Cories will likely love the Fluval stuff.


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I don't mean to make anyone think it'll instantly break down - I don't think it will. Just tends to do so more quickly than without something course to crush it.

Your Cories will likely love the Fluval stuff.
Yeah...I've had corys on eco before and I think it is just a little rough for them. They did ok, but I've got habrosus on shrimp stratum right now and they are always digging around in it.

I am thinking maybe pandas for this new tank.

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Stratum is much better on top. I've had a lot of trouble planting underwater with EC.


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