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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question about reusing old eco complete.

Hi everyone,

I have a old bucket of eco complete that has been setting outside on my deck for about 8 months now. It was from a tank I had to tear down when I was moving last summer. Do you think I can reuse it? I wasent sure if it may loose its mineral content or go bad. Has anyone ever reused old eco complete?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 02:53 PM
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It will be fine. The 'mineral content' on last so long and you would eventually have to start dosing ferts anyway. Basically I would consider it 'inert' planted tank substrate and treat it as such. Add a few random root tabs and it will probably be better then brand new, lol.

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This stuff is inert but the active bacteria that was once there is likely dead or dormant so i'd treat this as new substrate which will need the usual new gravel prep and cycling before use.


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Thanks for the advice! I also found a unopened bag of floramax that I forgot I had. Which do you think would be better? The old eco complete or the unopened floramax?
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