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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2016, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Eco-complete vs. Fluval stratum

I know this is a common question, but I am still really confused. I have a new 7 gal tank, and I need to choose a plant substrate, but I cant deside...

I have read multiple places that say eco-complete doesn't actually give the plants nutrients. Is this true? Is Stratum the same? Also what is CEC?
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Hi both have good CEC. I heard good things about Stratum but what i dislike about it : it does not hold forever. It becomes a kind of mud after a couple of years that i heard. Maybe people who used it can confirm or not.

Eco-Complete, Flourite, have good CEC, last for life. However true they do not have nutrients, or very few. You may have to fertilize. This is what i do, i have Red Flourite and fertilize in the water column.

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Eco-complete in and of itself provides no nutrient content to the aquarium. The benefit of products like Eco-complete is their good CEC values (how well they can hold onto nutrients).

I've had great success with Eco-complete and aquarium plants.com substrate.

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