Hello, all! :D
Excited to say I just bought some Eco-Complete from Petco.com today! Hurray! It was suggested to me by a number of much-savvier-with-plants-than-myself friends :) Eco Complete Planted Black Aquarium Substrate - Aquarium Rocks and Fish Tank Rock from PETCO.com
I'm excited for it. I've read and read about it and have found it with good reviews.
I do have a few questions, though.
~From what I can tell, this stuff comes wet- with black water? Do I leave that in the tank, or can I let that dribble out elsewhere? I plan to seed the tank and am not particularly interested in the "bacteria" from the water.
~Also, do I rinse this product? I know you have to rinse and rinse Flourite until you scream, but havent seen to with Eco Complete.
~Should I put a layer of gravel under the Eco Complete? I've heard it compacts over time. Can someone explain why, how to fix it, and what the gravel will do to help?
~Finally, do I still dose liquid ferts while I have this as my substrate? Im going to not use my root tabs (yes?), but do I need to stop the liquid ferts?
I'm using this in my planted 5 gallons. I'm assuming I need about 5-6lbs each tank, so I have 10 left over. I think I'll give it to the boyfriend for his tanks. If he doesnt want it, though-- how can I store the substrate?
This is one of the 5 gallons. Its more mature now- this was a bit ago. I also have water sprite out the wazzoo, but its in the other 5g. Pardon the lack of wood and rocks- hardscaping is expensive, lol!
(Oh, and excuse the onion plant that's floating...He keeps uprooting it! Grr!)
Thanks for the help in advance :)