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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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eco complete as cap for dirt?

would it be ok to use eco complete as a cap for miracle gro organic potting soil? if so how deep should each layer be and how can i tell?

the tank is a 75 gallon any help would be appreciated
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I think it would work. You might look up Mineralized Top Soil for the depth of the soil and EC. I think you can make it deeper at the back, so there is no one best depth.
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I had eco complete as a dirt cap and I hated it.

Use something like black diamond blasting grit. It is way finer and will make a much better cap IMO


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it would work - but in my opinion is a waste of $ to use as a cap. Like Kilbs said - I would use Black Diamond Blasting Grit as a cap - it's a fraction of the cost of Eco Complete

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how much would i need for a 2" cap? is there an annoying cleaning process like with play sand?
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The blasting grit is mostly clean, unlike play sand. You rinse it to get any residue off it as some folks have mentioned in other threads. Mine was just dusty. I rinsed it in a bucket a few times and it was ready for the tank.

Eco-Complete, you just open the bag and put it in. You don't need to cap it, or use it as a cap. But there are enough folks who have done what you're proposing and others who have done it differently. All have had results growing plants.
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Why not just use regular gravel or something cheaper? I hate the look of Eco complete and over time I've always noticed it gets very messy looking
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EC and most sand and gravel materials weigh pretty close to 100 lbs per cubic foot.
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