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substrate for plants and cichlids

right now I have about 3-4 ins. of Eco-complete plant substrate for the plants. would about an in. of Eco-complete cichlid substrate over the other substrate be good enough for the cichlids to be healthy and the plants to grow
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They will mix over time, but I would guess they should still both perform their duties. If you like the look of them mixed, you can probably get away with it.

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Were you planning on using the sand or the gravel?
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I'm wanting sand
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The sand will settle to the bottom over time, as it is less coarse then the plant eco

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Be aware that the cichlid sand is for African cichlids and will raise and buffer the pH and hardness (I had an LFS manager once try to sell it to me for a discus tank )





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the planted substrate has more than 50% sand in it so if the cichlid sand would sink down under the bigger pieces it would at most go down half way so I would stiff have about 2" left of the plant substrate so my plants would have about 2" of pure the Eco-complete plant substrate
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What type of cichlids do you have?

Like Laura said, it will buffer the water and raise the pH up, since its for Africans. If you are keeping SAs or CAs, then you don't want this stuff. Its not for plants, its to buffer the water for Africans.

Sorry for repeating, but I just don't want you to buy the wrong stuff if you don't have Africans.

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I haven't got the fish yet but am planing on the Africans
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Never mind about the Africans I'll go with south american
would the eco-complete plant substrate be good enough for the SA
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I'd personally go with Fluorite instead; I'm hearing increasing reports of EcoComplete raising and buffering pH and hardness- which is not what you'd want with Apistos or rams- they like soft, acidic water.





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I already have Eco-complete sucks
I'll just have to lowwer my Ph and hardness all the time

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