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Sometimes this hobby makes me feel like a rube :)

Just stepped back and realized that in one day I paid $30 for a rock I may or may not use (red lava rock bigger than my head at a garden center near here, will have to break up), then turned around and paid $90 to have 'special' dirt delivered to my house in little bags (Eco-complete from petsmart, 17.99 and free shipping)

I'm almost afraid to go shopping for driftwood!



As Bugs would say, "What a maroon"
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Check out these 2 sites for some cheap manzanita

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/branches2.html
http://www.bloomsandbranches.com/

Has to be an order of 2 I believe on the sites, but still cheap!

Pics of the wood in this thread from someone who purchased some


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Who would have thought that plants like dirt?!
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Eco-complete keeps all you're choices in the rock category so far.
No 'special' dirt in EC just rock.


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Eco-complete keeps all you're choices in the rock category so far.
No 'special' dirt in EC just rock.
you know its funny. i got into an argument with someone on youtube(of all places!) over eco-complete. I explained to him that it is basically inert. and he proceeded to rant to me that it has "nutrients" and it is all right there, listed on the bag! It is amazing the amount of dis-information there is out there on the net. Apparently he has alot of subscribers! no wonder there are so many who are mis-informed in the hobby. you can do a very easy google search on what is NOT in it...lol!

ohh and he also calle dit "HIGH TECH SUBSTRATE" ahahahah!!!


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My understand was it is inert but can absorb and release nutrients in/dosed into the water, and that it was porous and that is good for beneficial bacteria to grow


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My understand was it is inert but can absorb and release nutrients in/dosed into the water, and that it was porous and that is good for beneficial bacteria to grow


Am I close?
YES! thats exactly what I explained but he seemed to think it was like aquasoil...


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My understand was it is inert but can absorb and release nutrients in/dosed into the water, and that it was porous and that is good for beneficial bacteria to grow


Am I close?
sounds like you got it right.
I'm not a fan but it's a safe off the shelf product for somebody starting out.


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sounds like you got it right.
I'm not a fan but it's a safe off the shelf product for somebody starting out.
Safe and good looking for first try - that's what I was going for
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ohh and he also calle dit "HIGH TECH SUBSTRATE" ahahahah!!!
Believe I stumbled into that verbage awhile back. \

jbrady33, just be sure to back that choice up with a few well placed root tablet ferts and you should be good to go. I have several tanks going with inert substrate and just add tabs on a 3 month schedule. Works out pretty good. If you like moving things around it's a better choice than dirt and cap (less mess).


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I'm almost afraid to go shopping for driftwood!
Don't, collect your own. It's part of the excitement and saves you money.


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Don't, collect your own. It's part of the excitement and saves you money.
man if i was anywhere near some areas of driftwood that were okay to use. i'd be all over it

makes me wanna plan a trip to the western states were manzanita is common enough and we all know its safe to use

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man if i was anywhere near some areas of driftwood that were okay to use. i'd be all over it

makes me wanna plan a trip to the western states were manzanita is common enough and we all know its safe to use
You have appropriate wood all around you in Chattanooga. Oak and maple to name a couple. Just got to get out of the city and into the woods or walk around a park after a windy storm. Should be able to find some downed branches.


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You have appropriate wood all around you in Chattanooga. Oak and maple to name a couple. Just got to get out of the city and into the woods or walk around a park after a windy storm. Should be able to find some downed branches.
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