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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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G'day all,

Don't know if you have all read my introduction. Basically I am going into a high tech planted tech setup - I have access to a lot of resources products and technology wise but i am going to be going at this blind.

I have had a look at and discussed with a few colleagues and customers several substrates and I am come to a conclusion. I am after a substrate that is quite heavy as the current 10USgal i have has the fluval shrimp substrate and is virtually impossible to plant in - this is probably something to do with my technique or another issue.

I am thinking of going eco-complete as a substrate or Fluval Stratum (the one in the green bag).

My preference is the eco-complete.

Will this be good with a heavily planted thank - I have heard that it does not have great nutrients within it. So i was thinking adding Flourish tabs as per the dosing guide would fix this issue? Or will a good dosing regime be enough with this substrate as i heard it can retain them and eventually release them to roots.

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How are you planting in the substrate? I've used it for years with no problems. You need to have patience and use long, slender tweezers. Insert the plants at a bit of an angle and you'll be fine. Worst case scenario, you could use a plant anchor.

Fluval Plant Stratum is just as light as Fluval Shrimp Stratum. Neither contain much in the realm of nutrients for your plants. Neither does Eco-Complete, as it is inert. Root tabs will be necessary with any of the three. Or EI dosing will accomplish what you need.


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What is EI dosing? Fair enough, i shall try planting on an angle the next time i get a floating plant. I do currently use some aqua scapeing tweezers - they make everything a dream. I am thinking it could also be the fish. Thanks for the ideas mate, at this point I may go with the eco-complete and use flourish tabs
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EI is Estimative Index dosing. Check this link for more info.
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For a much more comprehensive look at fertilizer dosing, check the sticky in the Fert section here on the forum.


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Thank you both of you, I will go with the Eco-Complete. Now I just need to look at ferts, and decide weather to go dry or wet. But that's for another section. Thanks gentlemen
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