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Switching from Eco to Black Diamond

I'm ready to do my switch.

My tank was new in February, everything is doing well, plants all do fine with no co2 and medium light.

If I uproot everything are my plants going to have major melting? I don't know how much the eco actually helps.

I do use PPS fert dosing.


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What plants?

Most plants will be completely fine. Personally the only plant that melted bad on me when I moved it were crypts. Stems like rotala, blyxa, ludwigia, etc would all be totally fine. Eco doesn't actually do anything for your plants. My plants root much better in the BDBS.

You also may go through some diatom issues for the first month or two. That's all that really happened to me after I switched my eco for BDBS.

You will immediately notice that the grain size of BDBS is far superior vs eco as well as that it is a much much heavier substrate. Super easy to plant in - you won't ever have to worry about stems floating away after you plant them


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That will be nice, I have stuff floating frequently. I think I'll go with the medium grit, I'd like the fine (not the super fine) but I read it can cause pockets that are bad. I have MTS and I hope I can find most of them when I change it. I'm planning on tomorrow.

I have crypts, blyxa, rotala, water sprite, ludwigia, and some misc stuff. Hopefully the crypts do ok, I really like them a lot. Didn't really think I would but they are doing so well I love them.


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Crypts will for sure get mad at you and start melting. Just let them settle, trim dead leaves, and it will survive and grow new ones. Everything else will not be harmed at all


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I am done and I love the blk diamond! SOOO much easier to plant in. Glad that's done. Gonna do my 5g betta tank next. Wasn't too difficult to rinse. Here's hoping the plants agree! I put some osmocote in the substrate and will keep an eye on the ammonia for a while in case it leaches out. It was all covered so I think it's ok, tried to use what had been recommended.


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Good news!

After doing my 75G I thought the same thing - definitely need to convert my low tech 30g to BDBS eventually...


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Will black diamond scratch your glass easily?
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Will black diamond scratch your glass easily?
I'm sure if you got a piece stuck under one of those magnet algae scrapers it would scratch the crap out of your glass (as would most substrate)

Unless you have one pressed up against the glass while you're cleaning I don't see how it would scratch


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