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I still have half a bag of eco-complete, but was wondering if it's worthwhile to mix it with any other substrate in my new tank?

Also - where can I find the cheapeast bag of fluval stratum? Amazon? Win?

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Def. Amazon with free shipping after $25. I got my bag there.
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Amazon all the way. And mixing them won't hurt anything

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Amazon is the cheapest. i got my from Pacific because i needed it pronto.


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depending on the types of shrimps, eco complete may not be recommended. supposedly an inert substrate, there have been people who experienced pH increase with the substrate, including myself. I do use eco-complete for my tiger and fire red tanks, but moved my CRS out of the eco complete tank.
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Thanks gtu - I'm assuming the shrimp fluval would be an example of inert substrate? Have you ever mixed them? Why won't the eco work with the CRS?
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I have Eco complete in a bowl and nano. The bowl with CBS never produced offspring, but I only realized recently that it was a sausage factory there ( only males) which sort of settles that...

The nano was sakuras and mixed grade crs. I have had multiple sakuras berried with offspring, and have a berried crs now. The crs were only added three weeks ago so well have to see about the surviving offspring.

Inert should not directly pose a problem unless it leeches ferts that were added. I find that inert substrate collects far more deters than fss. Flourite is just very densely packed but easily disturbed just like fss where u would have to wait for the distance to settle if agitated.

Should be ok for shrimp tank use but it doesn't offer any low ph buffering that an akadama or amazonia would.


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