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Eco-complete question

I have had a planted tank for a few years and I ended up having some problems with it, my light broke and my CO2 regulator broke and the plants died. So for the last year I have just had fake plants in there. Trying to decide if I'm up for all the work again of having real plants again. I have been having a lot of algae blooms lately, it's on top of the gravel and on my driftwood. Is it a problem keeping this gravel without any plants? If I decide not to do live plants again, should I be switching the gravel to something else?

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From the title of your thread it looks like you're considering Eco Complete. That's a better plant substrate than gravel, but you can also have decent results with gravel depending on your plant choices.

Sounds to me like you've got too much light on the tank- what kind of lighting are you running, and how long is the photoperiod each day?

Do you want to set back up a tank with CO2, or would you prefer a low tech/ low light setup with no CO2?

You might want to spend some time on www.aquariaplants.com or www.RexGrigg.com doing a little basic research on how to set up a planted tank, and the setup options available.





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I'm sorry, I meant that my tank has eco-complete. It's been in there for 5 years. I have plant lights but I'm not really running them since I don't have any live plants right now. I'm just wondering if the nutrients in the eco-complete will cause problems for my tank since I don't have any live plants in there. Do I need to get the eco-complete out of there if I don't have real plants?
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Your Eco is fine unless it gets mushy then it's time to replace it.
Other than that it's only saving grace is it's high iron content
(just like Flourite) but it leaches out over time.

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Algae blooms are normally caused by two issues, overfeeding
and to much light. I'd recommend cutting back on your light
(from 10hrs to 8hrs for instance) to see if that help. Unless
you decide to go with C02 again then use full light.

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If you decide to go with live plants again I'd recommend using
liquid ferts like Seachem's Flourish, Iron, and Excel plus add
some nirite snails for cleanup.

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