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Adding Eco-Complete

Hi. My new planted tank has been setup for about 3 weeks. It is a 30gal with 2 Coralife Aqualights 42w. Today I am getting 2 new 10k bulbs to replace the pink colormax's that came with the fixture. I has an Emperor 280. I am also getting a second bag of eco-complete because at the time I set up the tank the lfs only had one left. Being desperate I did not wait to get the second bag before planting it and adding fish. Now the tank has completed its cycle and I have 2 guppys, 2 ottos and 2 corys. My 2 platys from my 10gal did not make it . The question is: Should I wash the eco-complete before putting it in the tank to avoid having a dust cloud that would probably kill the fish? What are your opinions about it? I would think that since the tank is already cycled all I would be doing is removing some bacteria that I don't really need at this point. Right?

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IMO, I wouldn't bother to wash Eco-complete.


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EC is wet in the bag and supposed to be introduced to your tank that way so do not rinse it.


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Is this right only I read that all substrate should be washed regardless? I only ask as I am about to setup a new tank I was going to was it first before putting it in the tank. End of the day, I cannot see what harm I will cause by washing it?
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Blue, EC is a plant fertilized mineral enriched substrate.
why wash away positive the benefit you just paid for?
in addition, the best way to add EC is over a thin bed
of existing biologically active gravel. by NOT washing
EC you allow the finer particles to settle within that
old gravel, thus spreading the plant fertilizers further.
can you rinse EC, sure, you can do whatever you want.
should you? it would seem very counter productive to me.


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EC is a plant fertilized mineral enriched substrate.
why wash away positive the benefit you just paid for?
I always understood that the reason you don't wash Eco- Complete is that you would wash away all of the "Liquid Amazon buffered Black Water Solution" the substrate is packed in. That liquid acts as a "immediate organic water conditioner".

I have never read or heard that the "mineral enrichment" was something that could be washed away. You would figure you'd lose a good portion of the minerals via water change over a short period of time if that were the case.

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I have never heard that.

I'd like to know more. Can you elaborate on this?


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For what it's worth, I added an extra bag of eco-complete to my 29 gallon tank after I had it already set up and partially planted. I did pour off the excess liquid, but didn't rinse. This stuff was a dream to add -- I simply scooped up a portion of Eco-complete and poured it in where I wanted it a bit at a time. It settled down right away, no dust cloud of any sort.

So, with my own personal experience, I'd say pour off the excess liquid and use a container of some sort to scoop and pour. Worked well for me.
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Just so everyone knows, I did not wash it and I did not pour the excess liquid off first. I just emptied the whole bag straight into the tank and it did not cause any problems or any cloudiness in the tank. This stuff is amazing!

Right, I guess I should now go and buy some plants to put in the tank!
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