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How many bags of eco complete?

Hi all,

I currently have pea gravel in my tank and I know now its not the best for plants. So I thought about getting either eco-complete or Seachem Flourite Black Sand. Their both 15.4 lb bags. Would 2 bags be enough for a 46 gallon bowfront tank, and which one is better? Thanks.
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Sorry, the eco-complete is a 20lb bag.
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Just to give you an idea I needed 5 bags for my 55...


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2 bags is definitely not enough, plus with the Eco a bit of that weight is the 'magic water' they unfortunately pack it in. I say that based on having about 7 or 8 bags in my 75 and having used 2 bags in my 25 gallon.

Maybe using the substrate calculator will help? https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

I'd pretend your bowfront is a standard rectangle, taking the width measurement from the widest part of the bow (more than enough is better than not enough, after all).
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Ok, I figure I'll need about 4 bags then. Is Eco-Complete all I need? Can I put a layer of gravel over it? And most importantly, can I put it in the tank filled?
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Eco Complete is.... complete. No need to put anything under or over it. Regular black gravel is sort of shiny and looks surprisingly out of place against Eco Complete, as I discovered much to my chagrin.

I dumped my bags into the aquarium with water in it, I did that because I wanted to then do a complete water change to suck out all that 'magic water' and all the other light free floating gunk that may have been present. It's absolutely nothing like flourite from a dirty water standpoint.
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Eco Complete is.... complete. No need to put anything under or over it. Regular black gravel is sort of shiny and looks surprisingly out of place against Eco Complete, as I discovered much to my chagrin.

I dumped my bags into the aquarium with water in it, I did that because I wanted to then do a complete water change to suck out all that 'magic water' and all the other light free floating gunk that may have been present. It's absolutely nothing like flourite from a dirty water standpoint.
Ok, so basicaly just dump it in and of course it'll be cloudy for awhile but will eventualy clear up? I'll be ordering it within a week or two.. Uhm.. anywere besides bigalsonline.com that sells it cheaper?
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Well, like I was saying, I just dumped mine in, did a 100% water change, and then done, clear water. I haven't checked prices for that lately, I picked mine up in person at That Pet Place.
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Ok, thanks.
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I went with 4 bags in my 55 and I will probably be adding one more over time.
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Big als has them for 16 and change now.
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If that's Big Al's price, they're cheaper even with the heavy shipping than what stores are charging around here!

I put 6 bags in my 75, and it's not enough. I bought two more bags tonight. I have 1.5 bags in my 20L, and that's nowhere close to being enough. I probably need to add another full bag (although with that tank being so low, I have to watch the height of the substrate).

Personally, I'd say figure out how much you need and then add 1-2 more bags to the batch. It seems to not be as much as you'd think, probably because of the water weight compensating for the actual substrate in the bags.

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Thanks for the replies. Do you all think that my kuhuli loachs will keep the substrate stirred up so much that the tank will stay cloudy if I get eco-complete? Because they like to burrow themselfs.. alot.. lol.
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I've never had kuhli loaches, or really diggers of any kind unless you want to count cory cats. I can say that, at least in my tank, Eco really isn't very 'dirty' when I pull up plants, etc. There is a small cloud of light colored dust if I yank a plant up too quickly, but I don't think that's particularly because of the Eco. I hope that helps.
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FWIW, as far as the bowfront dimensions go. I have a 72 bow and I used the calculator by taking the width of the outside, then the width of the inside and averaged the two. In other words, I have 12" on the sides, 18" in the middle, I entered 15" in the calculator. Not 100% accurate, but got me close enough.


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