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It depends on what you what to do.

I have a low tech tank with aquarium gravel and dose excel. Plants do grow. But not all of them. I have, over time, added some of the Schultz Pond substrate to give a little extra boost when plants started to do very poorly.

Now I can't imgaine you would want to do gravel with a high light Co2 tank, but I don't know much about that
 

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You should pay attention to the mineral analysis of the root tabs you buy.

Some are just trace nutrients, some are just major nutrients.

Also, if you are going with just plain gravel or sand with 0 CEC, then I'd want to go with a slow release root tab instead of a fast dissolving tab.
 

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I got a whole bunch of gift cards for Christmas, including Petco, which was pretty sweet considering they have Eco-complete for 20 bucks a bag on their website, is it worth it though? Is it something that crypts would benefit from greatly? or would it be just about the same using regular gravel with root tabs?
 
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