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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Eco-complete+ dirt

Hi all. I'm planning to re-do my 30gal tank but dont want to spend a fortune on Eco-complete.
So, has anyone used Eco-complete with dirt?
I was thinking to use a layer of dirt and cover it with Eco-complete.
Would that be a good idea? Anything to watch out for? I alredy have a planted dirt/sand cap tank, I just like the look of EC.
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No I don't see any problem at all. I used it in one of my tanks no zero problems.

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don't do it, you'll be sorry. eco-comeplete is not a great cap for dirt. Its too light and there are too many larger sized grains. THe dirt will eventually start to escape the cap and settle on top. it happened to me and it was bad... tank was dirty for weeks. I had to siphon it out little by little so I wouldnt stress my fish. Do yourself a favor and get some small grain size gravel. between 1-3 mm.

Unless your planning to dump more than 4 inches of cap I wouldnt do it. also, if your cap is too deep you could end up with pockets of anaerobic substrate which if released will kill your livestock. be careful.


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I have a 20 long that has been running for a few months with mts and an eco cap. So far, I have had no problems and the plants love it. Occasionally, I have bubbles release from the substrate but my fish have been fine.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I still haven't decided but I think I'll stick with tested dirt and cap it with black quartz sand. I would prefer to avoid any problems what so ever.
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