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Question Eco Complete and KH

Hi All,

I have had a bag of Eco Complete (9kg) in my tank for about a month now and just got another. Since I added it my KH has risen from 4 to 9 !

Has anyone else experianced this or could it be down to another factor?

Any advice or input greatly received.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2006, 08:26 PM
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yeah, mine did that for a while too. it was a nightmare trying to figure out co2 levels.

after many water changes (which took months), the kh finally stabilized.
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oh arse, gonna be expensive as i use ro............
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 12:19 AM
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do a search on eco on here. Many have had temporary issues with it. Many water changes, I am afraid, will be the only remedy to the situation.
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I put in 100 lbs of eco about 18 months ago when tainted eco was all the rage. My kH went from 2 (before adding the substrate to the water) to about 7 to 8 over the next couple of weeks. After 3 months, (I did 25% wc every 2 weeks, never misses) they were down around 5 to 6. After another 3months or so, they were down to about 2-3.

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Yeah, there are some calcium carbonates in Ecocomplete. It takes a while for them to dissapate. My last few bags ran very high KH/GH for many months. Not all bad if you have really soft water, but definitely not "enert" as advertised, at least for the first few months.





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Mine does this same thing. I do a 50% water change every week and afterwards the KH tests out to 5dKH. 7 days later it creeps up to 8-9dKH. Every time. Never fails. Tank has been up for two months now.
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I got 2 bags in September, and have attempted to lower the KH using muriatic acid about 100 times to no avail, and my pH always ends up at 7.8-7.9 within two days with a nasty film on the water surface. The Carib Sea people say they will send me replacement bags but it has been over a month and it takes 5 days to respond to my emails each time and then they lose them. Very frustrating!
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People had used Eco Complete will never use it again, I'm just one of them.
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If it takes several months to get rid of whatever is contaminating it, could this be sped up by doing a bunch of large water changes? Or is this just a waiting game? Just trying to see if this stuff is salvagable.

I did ten 50% changes and it is still back up within a day or two. I am using RO+DI water.
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Its bloody annoying because RO costs money and before I reallised what was happening I lost 6 Rummy Nose tetras to white spot which in turn killed 3 SAE's and 2 Rams. So getting Eco has so far cost me a fortune!!
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I lucked out because my water out of the tap is very soft. KH1, so it worked its way out nicely. They will give you replacement bags, although I am not sure if that helps because you may go through it again. Everything has its issues. Soilmaster Select seems to makes your pH tank, ADA AS sometimes causes brown murky water and lowers the kH <desirable for some> and Eco, causes temporary KH spikes. It is always something. Know that continuous monitoring and water changes will alleviate the situation within a couple months.
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