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Hi, I'm in the process of setting up a 54 gallon aqueon corner aquarium. I've been doing a lot of research and eco complete seems like the best option in terms of ease of maintenance (no washing) and performance. However, I don't like black substrates and was wondering if I could cap the eco complete with new gravel or gravel from my existing tank. I currently have CaribSea "Peace River" which is a light substrate. I understand that over time the finer gravel might sink below the larger pieces of ecocomplete which won't look particularly good. Nonetheless is that an option ?


Also any recommendation on lighting ? I was considering the Finnex 24/7 30" as the versa top is only about 30" max but wasn't sure how I could amount it or if it was even enough. I have the 36" current led pro currently on my 45 and that works fine but they only make a 24" and not a 30" which wouldn't seem to be enough light. I wish I could just use my current 36" satellite pro but doesn't seem feasible. Any suggestions ? Thanks.
 

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You can top the eco with regular gravel that is what I did. If you get a fast growing ground cover it will cover it all in a couple months too. I would continue to use your existing light and see how it goes. A PAR meter is the best way to determine if your light is performing (NOT a lux meter).
 

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I don't get the whole desire to use Ecocomplete like a soil and capping it. I'm still not convinced it's anything other than flourite with added water and bacteria. I don't think it provides the plants with much at all, it's difficult to plant in, and unlike common belief, it's got a low CEC. It is easy to wash.

I have a 92g corner tank. I think you're going to want to get a light that covers your 30" opening. Mine is a 36" opening. The corners don't get much light, especially up high. I've got Anubius growing up both front corners. I built a curved 12" tall sheet metal hood for my tank so I can do all kinds of things hanging lights that can't be seen. I'm considering pointing something towards the front corners. It's not an easy tank to light!
 

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Ooh, I have always loved the look of corner tanks. Would love to see some pictures of your tank as you're setting up and when it's set up!
I don't really have recommendations for you as I have a DIY LED light system and my tank is dirted with a sand cap.
 
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