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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Eco-Complete out of water

Hey everyone, a quick and potentially rather silly question. So I had to take my first tank all down and move across country.. My eco-complete substrate is sitting in a large covered and sealed bucket. This wont cause any issues will it? I know that eco has "beneficial bacteria" in each bag and comes with water in it. I know the bacteria will eventually grow as my new tank is up and cycles. Anyone know of any nutrient loss from being out of water? Thanks for the help
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Forget the 'beneficial bacteria' aspect of this material.
I would dry it out better for shipping so it will not go foul.
Rinse well when you are ready to use it and it should be fine.

To get the 'beneficial bacteria' you can simply grow them by:
a) Doing the fishless cycle to grow the nitrifying bacteria
b) Adding plants (lots of bacteria come in on the leaves, roots and so on)
c) Running the tank for a while. There are all sorts of microorganisms all over, in the air, on your hands and other places. These get established just fine. These will be heterotrophic bacteria, decomposing bacteria and fungi and many others, mostly beneficial.
d) Add some mulm from an established tank.

Of course algae will also find the tank from the same sources!

You will need to add fertilizer to the new set up. You could use slow release tablets or DIY capsules like Osmocote.
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Exactly my thinking, thanks for the info Diana. Definitely appreciate it!
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