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Rinsing Eco Complete

Is it necessary, or can I just pour the bag into my tank as is?
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No need to rinse eco-complete. It says so right on the bag.
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I think the bag says to leave the juice in, but I rinsed mine. I didn't like the mystery liquid. Most people just put it straight in the tank and fill 'er up.
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Oh and I'm using regular tap water, without the declorinator, is that a problem? (I'm buying that tomorrow when I get the plants)
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Oh and I'm using regular tap water, without the declorinator, is that a problem? (I'm buying that tomorrow when I get the plants)
As long as there is no livestock in the tank, it will be fine

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Dang I should have bought some, I just didn't think of it...the reason I ask is that my local fish store person told me that the eco complete shouldn't come into contact with chlorine, so if I do fill it up with straight tap water, will it do something bad to the eco complete?
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That is actually a valid point. They advertise that there is heterotrophic bacteria in the eco-complete, so the chlorine or chloramine may kill them. Good catch Laura!

On a side note, I'd recommend Seachem Prime if you can get it. It's concentrated, so you use less, and it takes care of both chlorine and chloramines

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That is actually a valid point. They advertise that there is heterotrophic bacteria in the eco-complete, so the chlorine or chloramine may kill them. Good catch Laura!
Oh crap.

My rabbit chewed a hole in one of my bags of Eco-Complete, so I put them in the tank, put in the sand, and put in water to keep it from drying out. Did I just destroy all the good of having Eco-Complete?
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Oh crap.

My rabbit chewed a hole in one of my bags of Eco-Complete, so I put them in the tank, put in the sand, and put in water to keep it from drying out. Did I just destroy all the good of having Eco-Complete?
All the good? Naw, most of the good? Probably. The way I figure it, the eco's bacteria will help cycle the tank. I cant see the benefit of the bacteria when it comes to the growth rate or the plants.

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