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How long before replacement?

Eco-complete, how long until it no longer gives off nutrients?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 12:52 PM
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With nothing else to support rooted plants I saw problems start within the first month when used in a tank with strong lighting. It's claimed to have minor amounts of mirco (minerals) right out of the bag but no macros (nitrates, phosphate, potassium) to support plants.


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Eco-Complete is an inert substrate. It's got a high CEC, so it will absorb nutrients and release them slowly over time. You have to add the nutrients, though.


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Dosing ferts with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium will take your worries away regarding eco-complete. Seachem Flourish Comprehensive will provide micro-nutrients.


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I wouldn't rely too heavily on eco complete to provide my plants sufficient nutrients, especially not if you have root feeders like crypts and swords.

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EC is like a plate or bowl. It holds fertilizer, but you have to add the ferts the same way you set the table for dinner, then add food.

EC holds up forever (in aquarium years). The physical structure does not break down.

You do not buy new plates and bowls when they are out of food; you buy more food.
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