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Mixing Eco and gravel

I ordered 40lbs Eco Complete and want to mix it with my 40lbs Petco gravel thats already in my tank. Should I pull my fish out before I do this? If so how long should I keep them out?
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Ive actually done this in my 20 gallon. What i did was take out all the fish, like the bottom with a thin layer of cleaned gravel then cover that with the eco complete.
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Thanks Mk4Gti (Is that a VW?) Thats another thing I was wondering about, would it be better to cap the Eco or cap the gravel? I'm also thinking about capping an area of straight Eco with sand, would that work?
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Thanks Mk4Gti (Is that a VW?) Thats another thing I was wondering about, would it be better to cap the Eco or cap the gravel? I'm also thinking about capping an area of straight Eco with sand, would that work?
The way eco tends to work is that he larger parts find their way to the top sort of capping itself off. You might want to consider not using any gravel at all if you can make a deep enough bed out of eco alone. Once you open the bag of eco and see how its made up, its going to tough to cut of an area with sand and not have it mix into the eco.

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Oh love the car. I've had a 98 Jetta gtx for 3 years sitting. Had a blown headgasket, replaced it and forgot to tighten one of the cam gear bolts and spun it so I need to rip her apart again and see what damage is done. Rust free body for $500 couldn't turn it down and tinker with it here and there. But my moneys been going into my tanks. darn addiction LOL. Ya I've never seen the Eco so I'll see when I get it but bet the Petco gravel will end up on top sooner or latter beings it's good size gravel 1/4"-1/2". Even shrimp pellets fall thru it
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So got my Eco today, I'm sweeping an area of gravel real well and mixing the Eco in. Then I'll do another area tomarrow. Big diff between the eco and the gravel size wise but for now a mix will have do till I can get more Eco. By then it should be easy enough to take the top layer off and add more Eco beings like I was told it will be on the bottom.
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So got my Eco today, I'm sweeping an area of gravel real well and mixing the Eco in. Then I'll do another area tomarrow. Big diff between the eco and the gravel size wise but for now a mix will have do till I can get more Eco. By then it should be easy enough to take the top layer off and add more Eco beings like I was told it will be on the bottom.
Theoretically it sounds easy.

Been there, done that. It wasn't. It was so many levels of pain in the butt I can't even begin to tell you. If it's not to late, save yourself the hassle, save up for eco and do a solid switch.


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Well I have 10 lbs in half the tank and was thinking I'll pull the gravel out of the other half. Then I'll have 20 lbs gravel to 40 lbs Eco and add more Eco later.
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