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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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New tank, Eco Complete

Stupid question, but what's the best way to fill a new 55? A) Hose, fill tank, let sit, then add eco complete, or B) Add eco-complete, Prime to each bucket full?

Or any other suggestions?

Will be filtering once filled, then adding plants once the grow light comes in 2 or so days. Will be seeding substrate with the old tank, also eco-complete.

Worried about any chlorine killing the good bacteria..directions say distilled water is best.
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Add Eco, add water, add Prime. Using a python if you can is easier than buckets.
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Thank you for the help! I have spring water, so not a lot of chlorine at all, but didn't want to kill the good stuff off right off the bat.
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You need to add minerals back in to the water if you are using bottled water from the store. Fish and plants both need the minerals.
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Word of warning - the bag says it won't cloud your tank. I've seen some people get lucky and have this be true - I've seen others (like me) have a horrible cloudy mess. Good luck!
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Word of warning - the bag says it won't cloud your tank. I've seen some people get lucky and have this be true - I've seen others (like me) have a horrible cloudy mess. Good luck!
Same here. From now I will rinse the eco complete before using it.
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I never had a problem with clouding, and I think if you rinse it, you get rid of the good stuff that's in it. I added it to a bare tank, then filled slowly over a plate, then started the filter.
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place plastic over the substrate before filling, then fill slowly. You can tape the plastic to the glass with painters tape if necessary to keep it in place. But don't seal the substrate off completely, you want the water to gently make its way into the substrate. AFter the tank is full, let it sit a few minutes before gently removing the plastic .
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Just fill it slowly with a hose, letting the water fall on a dinner plate or simlar. Any cloudiness can be floculated out or left to settle/filtre. Don't rinse it or you'll remove the important stuff.


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I expected it to cloudy a little, but hardly any happened since I didn't direct the water into the sub. To a small extent I believe the community is paranoid unnecessarily about it
because in every case, it's only temporary.

FWIW: But do rinse Fluorite or this may be your tank. Not the first day, but the day after I added it...
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pi...ictureid=61993

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