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20 gal long or 10 gal with eco-complete.. help

Ok. this is going to be my first stab and at aquascaping and such with ECO-Complete. I never used such substrate before. It has always been just regular gravel substrate from like petsmart. Now here's the question.

With a 20 gal long or 10 gal tank with Eco-complete, I already have the correct lighting. I will be using Excel. No Co2.. I dont plan on using anything else. Just a simple tank. I want glosso or riccia to be a carpet.

Will this work out? or do I NEED ferts?
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Dont Eco complete change the PH of the water in any way?
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I think the short answer is : Yes. You will need ferts, but how often and how much you dose depends upon a lot of different things.......

So, Your tank specs would be needed in order to help you sort that out.


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Typical 10 gal tank
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IMO no it is not going to work out, it's possible though.

For glosso to carpet I'm pretty sure you need high light. If you go high light you need ferts and CO2. (what lighting do you have?)

Excel is great stuff but I don't feel that it totaly replaces DIY CO2. It's alot easier to have a cheap DIY CO2 setup, than to rememebr to dose excel every day anyways.

Excel does work, but I get much better results with DIY CO2 setup. I still does some excel when I do water changes though. Even a cheap bubble ladder and a 2L soda bottle can procude great results and even ebtter if you combine with excel. But your going to need ferts or you will be getting algae.
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Glosso will grow under lower light conditions if you have high CO2 and other nutrients.
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