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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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I'm using Eco-Complete in my 20L and was wondering what the optimal substrate depth was for a planted tank. I've used 1 bag so far and it between 1 to 1.5 inches deep. Should I use a 2nd bag and make it thicker?
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3-4 inches at the low Points for me


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I'm dealing with the same thing right now. I have about 1-2 inches all over the tank with some spots deeper. I was thinking of doing a cap of sand, but I have also heard mixed reviews on that as well. So funny that you started this thread, I was thinking the exact same thing.
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Sand will settle beneath Eco-Complete.

There's really no benefit (minimal, if you're considering its ability to absorb nutrients for later release) to having a thicker bed of EC, honestly. It's all about aesthetics.


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An inch is not really enough to hold the plant roots on any but the very smallest plants, and even these will develop better roots in deeper substrate.

I usually put enough substrate at the front to be a bit higher than the bottom rim (so that might be an inch or so) and slope it toward the back, with deeper mounds behind rocks or driftwood. These deeper mounds are more like 3-4" deep.
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Sounds like the 2nd bag is the play. Thanks for the help.
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Go with two bags it's always Nice to have a deep medium for the plants. And I like snails so they keep the soil healthy


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