Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: The Jersey Shore
lions and tigers and eco-complete oh my
The aquascape design in our 75 gal tank is just the way we want it, but our fish disagree!
I have a dry tank sitting around 120g(48x18x32) I'm going to move the aquascape and livestock from the 75 and then we can use the 75 for another project. Of coarse in hindsight I should have anticipated this and used this tank then, but ehh.
We thought eco complete looked nice and would be better than a black sand cap.I think I like flourite black better but can't find it local. So after realizing that it would cost hundreds to fill with an eco only substrate the cheap in me kicked in. Right now it has mts capped w/ flourite orig. And a hint of black sand mixxed in. I figured why not scrape the flourite into pales take some of the mts and make a thin layer and top with the used flourite then cap with eco complete.
Here's the issue the bag says right on it clearly (read it after buying!) Placing this over or "capping" and established bed can be damaging to aquatic life. Ugg. So has any one tried this? I only want like a 1" layer. I suppose it could cause a bacterial disturbance. The plan was to do this little project in one day. Being the tank will be heavilly planted with in 4 hrs of capping will that make a difference.the present substrate isn't quite a year old yet.
The eco complete in the bag looks nothing like the pictures. It's quite hard feeling. Did I just buy water at $1 a lbs? Any thoughts.... I've never used e.c. before. Do you think that the negative effects "damage" would occur in this situation? Would using another black sub have the same issue? Should I just not be cheap and buy all new?
Thanks in advance for any advise.
Btw yes I am aware that I can buy black diamond here.not what I want
Last edited by TheFoleys; 10-12-2012 at 03:40 AM.
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