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Capping organic miracle grow with Eco complete

I am redoing a 29 gallon tank and have two bags of Eco complete. I also have a bag of organic miracle grow. I would like to get the depth of the substrate around the 3 inch range, but the two bags of Eco complete wouldn't quite do the trick. Instead of buying another bag of the EC, and since I have the organic miracle grow, can I put down an inch of that and top it with the Eco complete? Any thoughts on this? Any advice? Thanks.
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The organic potting mix will compress over the first 6-7 months (not a problem just fyi).
I would build the layer thicker keeping that in mind but do keep the soil layer less than 2" thick.
Starting with 1" of soil after 6 months the layer will be reduced to about 1/2" as bacteria break down the organic content.


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Ok, thanks, so capping the miracle grow with the Eco complete, no problem, just make the first layer, the miracle gro layer deeper.
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I'm a huge fan of this tanking method so yes (imo) it works and supports plant growth very well.


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I used this method as well. I wish I used a thinner layer of soil/thicker layer of cap but the plants do incredibly well. Plants with barely any roots going in, have a great root system a month later.
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Nice, redid it today, will post pics. Can't wait to see the results! Thanks for the input!Click image for larger version

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