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Switching from sand to EcoComplete, cycle?

I'm switching my substrates in my planted 90 from sand to Eco Complete. Do I need to worry about it cycling afterwards and keep my fish somewhere else?

I have some otto's some tetra's a couple dwarf gouramis and flagfish in there.

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nope. eco-complete comes moist in the bag. keeping all of the bacteria in it alive. I have a WAY overstocked 10g tank (upgrading to 46g very soon), and i just took out all of my gravel and filled it with eco-complete immediately, refilled the tank, and threw my fish back in. (you need to put them in a bucket for a little while, its a lot easier to change the gravel in an empty tank.)

one thing to keep in mind is the tiny particles in the eco-complete. As soon as you put it in your tank, the water will turn completely opaque-black and murcky. TURN OFF YOUR FILTER before putting in the eco-complete! It will completely destroy it if you arent careful. I did several water changes before my water looked even close to normal, but i realized that all of the particles in the water that make it black settle down on the bottom after a few hours.

eco-complete is well worth it though... obviously. i mean the majority of planted tanks have it.

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well... not the majority. but a lot of people do, and for good reason. its AWESOME stuff.

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Sweet deal.

Ya I started with sand thinking it would save me money (90G's need lots o substrate) but I'm unhappy with the plant health and haven't kept up with the root tabs. Plus I like to switch it up in there and that means finding and moving the root tabs every time.. I think the EC is going to make a substantial difference in the ease of care for my plants and more importantly the health of the plants.

Woot!

Ya I'll put the fish in a bucket and the plants on the dining room table...

But where the hell do I put the sand, lol.


(actually I think I'm gonna start a cichlid tank so there's some of it gone)

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I'd keep a look out for a mini-cycle.

I'm very dubious about being able to keep aerobic N-bacteria "alive" in an airtight plastic bag...





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With the amount of work that went into changing the substrate out and scraping and cleaning all of my glass ( I had GSA ) I have totally stripped my entire tank and done a complete water change (or close to it) So I'm just going to assume it needs a full proper cycle again.. I did it all yesterday, haven't re-planted yet. I was in serious denial about the amount of work 'switching substrates' in a 90 would be.

Looks a thousand times better though, can't wait to start planting

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much of the bacteria that you cultivate from "cycling" is on the filter media. As long as you kept the filter media wet, then you should not have much of a cycle if any. As long as that media/bacteria gets some food(ammonia/nitrite) within a day or 2 of being removed.
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