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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-08-2008, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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African Ciclid Eco Complete Substrate vs.

Hi everyone, firstly this is my first thread here at PT and I'm a bit of a noob at this planted tank business.

I have a 45G long right now with 2 54W 10,000k T5HO's blaring down on it.

[The lights were purchased for the 90G with the intention of turning into a reef tank but I've changed my mind and am going planted for now untill a time in the future when I can better afford a reef.]

A Rena XP3 filter.

I'm in discussion with Rex about a regulator now to add some CO2 to it all. Until then I'm dosing Flourish Excell (double the suggested amount to help stave off algae and to help combat my GW thats creeping back in)

Right now the 45G is lightly planted (java ferns, anubias, swords, hornwort) with med sized stone gravel as a substrate. Its just some stuff I had kicking around.

Anyways I'm moving it all over to my 90G and I saw an ad in some classifieds for 'African Ciclid, Eco Complete' and I was wondering if this EC is just as good as regular EC for a planted tank.

I know it raises PH a bit, is this a bad thing?

Will I only be able to able to keep african ciclids in there? (not the direction I was going.)

Please help...
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I was wondering if this EC is just as good as regular EC for a planted tank.
No, it isn't. Eco for planted tank has nutrients and doesn't buffer. Eco cichlid raises ph (many plants prefer soft water) and has no nutrients. I'd pass unless you wanted african cichilds.
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Well thanks for the quick response, much appreciated.

The other question is how much substrate will I need for a 90G tank?

Does it differ with each substrate?

Thanks.
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Hey welcome to TPT!

Yes it does differ with each substrate. I needed 175lbs of mixed substrates for my 90gal, but I've also got a really think bed (4-5" in some places) b/c I want to grow large swords...

Here's a substrate calculator https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html





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Eco comes shipped with water, unfortunately. So the weight is a bit 'inflated' or should I say watered down?

If you're going to be ordering it all online, ADA aquasoil won't be much different in price and is arguably superior to Eco.
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Ya, I think I'm going to go the ada route. Only I live in Toronto Canada and I'm having trouble locating someone up here that sells the stuff..
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