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Flourite or Eco-Complete??**Please Help**

I'm looking for everyones opinion or experiences with these gravels. I would like to tear down my 55g and change the substrate to 100% Flourite or Eco-Complete. I already have alot of Flourite but would have to buy the Eco-Complete.

I'm also wandering how many bags of Eco-Complete I would have to purchase to get 4" in a 55g?

Any input is appreciated.

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The new Black Flourite is looking very nice, it needs a good rinsing. Eco make sure you get a good batch, some stores still carry bad bags of it.
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Well if you can get good quality Eco, go for it! My eco, well to put it plainly, looks terrible. I have tons of red pieces thrown in their...
I have never had experience with flourite, well not yet. I am about to try the black flourite out in a 10gall, but I cant really say one way or the other
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+1 Black Flourite. I have it in a ten gal. and Eco in a 40 gal. My Eco is the all black variety and I still prefer the look of the black Flourite.
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How about any experiences in plant growth using these gravels?

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Should be simaler i think, but I'm no expert. I would go with the Black Flourite by the way

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I cant tell the difference at all in either as far as growth. Between these 2 I think the big thing would be, one is packed in water(no rinsing, good bacteria) the other requires some elbow grease.
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Flourite. It looks good, has (some) nutrients, but is a pain to rinse. After rinsing for ~20 minutes, the water was still cloudy.

I see a new runner from Marselia Quadrifolia in Flourite once or twice a week...

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Out of 2 bags of Fluorite black and 4 bags of Fluorite black sand, my Colorquartz took 3-4 times as much effort to wash! I only had to rinse the Fluorite 2x.

I think Seachem has started pre-rinsing their new substrates?

If you let Fluorite dry after rinsing it before adding it to the tank it makes a HUGE difference!





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I use both Eco and Flourite Black. Both are working well. Eco is lighter in weight so plants will up root easier until they get a foot hold. But when it comes time to thin out the Eco releases roots (in tack) better.

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I have used both, either one you choose will do
fine.
I personally add a little peat and lots of old soupy
mulm, starts the new tank good as old

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I have used both, either one you choose will do
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I personally add a little peat and lots of old soupy
mulm, starts the new tank good as old
Where do you get the peat from?

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Where do you get the peat from?
Im not 100% but I think you can get it at just about any home/garden store-Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
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Yup. I saw some at WalMart a few days ago. You want Canadian peat. I saw a bag of 100% Canadian Spaghnum moss (same stuff).





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I can't tell the difference in plant growth between the two either. FWIW the Black Flourite needs very little rinsing compared to the regular flourite. I wouldn't let the be your determining factor. It is easier to uproot plants in eco as stated earlier. Either one will work fine, just decide what is more important to you.
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