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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ready to swap substrate -> now what?

Hi,

I've decided to upgrade my substrate (3/4 pea gravel, 1/4 flourite, laterite mix) to Eco Complete. Should I keep any of the existing substrate in there? I've ordered enough Eco so that I don't need to add the old substrate back to achieve the desired depth. Assuming I can just take out all the old substrate , is it ok to give the tank a good scrubbing?

Any tips from anyone on how the substrate should be placed in the tank? As in, should it just be flat or do you slope it towards the front?

Thanks for any advice,
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Are you planning on breaking the entire tank down and starting from scratch (sounds like you are). I would remove all traces of the old stuff if you can...IMO the stuff you have now will not look good nor mix well with Eco. If anything, the eco will end up settling at the bottom if you do mix.

I'd go ahead and scrub the tank with a good soft spong and a DILUTE bleach or peroxide...refill with dechor...drain and then set back up. The bleach or peroxide is ONLY if you had a major existing algae problem. Same goes with any hardware you had.

As far as sloping, etc...eco is so fine if you slope it, the substrate will eventually level itself out...use plants, drifwood or rocks to create a slope effect.

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First of all, good choice.

Next, you must form a mental picture as to what you want what is inside of your tank to look like. If you want to create a more depth, you might consider a bit less substrate in the front and gradually slope towards the back of the tank or you like some hilly look and you can make your substrate contour a bit like that. Regards,
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Smile Substrate swap complete. Eco complete hahaha.

Hi,

Just wanted to follow up on this adventure. I ordered 5 bags of Eco Complete for my 46 gallon , at first I thought it would be too much but it looks just right. I never saw the look of Eco Complete in person, only in pictures through this forum, now from personal experience it looks great.

I also completely broke down the tank and cleaned it out as best I could. The bottom layer of the gravel had some funky smell to it and the water was quite black.

I cleaned out the tank w/ a razor blade and hot water, I could hardly believe how much cleaner everything looks now. If using a razor blade, be careful not to get too close to the silicone in the corner. ( I know that's pretty obvious, but its good to keep in mind)

Eco was very easy to work with and the tank cleared up the same day. Its been 48hrs and IMO it looks fantastic. Now let's see how the plants settle in, and will I finally have the foreground covering plants that I've been dying to grow.

Thanks for your input.
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it seems that there might be a new kid on the block. a allternative to eco complete. lensco company's soilmater select(gray) that looks a lot like ec and more consistant grain wise,and very much cheeper.it has to be washed,but i wash all my substrates any way.it might be worth looking into.this hobby has become too expensive for some things.regards,cornhusker
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