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Unhappy Ecocomplete substrate good for Tetras and Discus?

I plan on having a planted tank with ecocomplete substrate (about year old) and was going to raise cardinal tetras and discus in them... When someone from the fish store told me that ecocomplete will raise the pH too high to have those fishes. My ph is currently at 7.5.

What options do I have without altering the pH through chemical processes? Should I start over with new substrate? Add amazonia soil over the ecocomplete? Longer times to introduce these fishes to the tank?

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See if you can get locally-bred discus that are acclimated already to your water parameters.

My water runs about 7.5 pH, and it's very hard, but I've had no issues with Cardinals and GBRs- as long as I acclimate them slowly.





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... When someone from the fish store told me that ecocomplete will raise the pH too high to have those fishes. My ph is currently at 7.5.
is this true? I've never heard about a rise in pH with Eco-Complete.
About the the high pH : you can mix your water with RO water


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It raised GH & KH (and correspondingly increased pH) each time I've used it, but it was only a short term alteration. Washing off their silly magic juice helps reduce the period the water will be effected also.

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Read on the bag- Eco says it's a buffering substrate.

I went with Flourite instead in my 90gal (which will someday house discus).





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They must have changed their formula. Ive been using eco-complete black for several years with no problems at all. I have tetras. loaches, rainbows. corys, ottos, paradise fish and others with no problems at all. My plants also are doing great!
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