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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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I am new to the forum and am researching how to start a planted tank. I plan on using Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate topped with flourite black sand. Is this a good combo?

I plan on doing two of my tanks. The first one I want to do is a 48 gal tall (25x18 x 25 deep). I bought a marineland 24" Aquatic Plant with Timer. Will this be enough light or will a need a 2nd?

Is it okay to use a co2 meter and dose with API co2 booster until I can afford a co2 system?

Where is the best place to get healthy plants?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 03:58 AM
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I started with Eco-Complete. Needed 60lbs for my 26 gallon. I thought 1 bag (20lbs) was a lot until I saw 20lbs is very little.

25 inches deep will be tricky to light properly. Light gets filters quickly as it penetrates water.



You need to see which plants you would like to grow. And see the needs and requirements for those plants. Some just need low light and have very little care requirements. Others need bright lights, fertilizers, and co2 injected into the tank.
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... I plan on using Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate topped with flourite black sand. Is this a good combo?...
I think I would choose one or the other for your substrata. No matter what you do they are going to get mixed together, and there is no real advantage to mixing them. I personally prefer Eco-complete. It has a lot less dust and stuff in it and you don't need to wash it first.
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I like what I read about the Eco-complete. I wanted to get a layer of sand over it so my Sterba Corys do not hurt themselves. I thought by mixing them I would get the benefit of the Eco with the safety of sand. Would just sticking with my current sand be okay or does it not hold onto nutrients like it appears the Eco does?
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I wouldn't top or cap ecocomplete. Ecocomplete has a high cec (ability to retain nutrients) and a sand cap is going to prevent those nutrients from reaching the bottom layered ecocomplete. Use the sand and regularly add fert tabs or use ecocomplete and start it with fert tabs until it has build up a nice amount of nutrients. Corys do fine with ecocomplete only. Mine did at least
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Thanks. I'll skip the sand and go with ecocomplete if you've not experienced any injuries on your Corys. I'll keep a close eye on them.
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