04-27-2012, 05:56 PM
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I've not come across mention of the reaction, but I've also never come across anyone mixing these two.
Soil is advocated for a natural method, with a covering of fine gravel; I don't know what benefits if any it may have in a high-tech setup which I believe you are aiming for as you mention CO2. Soil encourages natural CO2 which wouldn't matter if you are adding it via diffusion.
Eco-complete is an enriched substrate but its benefits are doubtful. I set up a tank with Flourite, which the experts tell me is basically the same as E-C, and it has been quite a disappointment. I'd never use any of these things again. But in a high-tech system, perhaps there is value. Substrate fish do not do well over these though. I have had to dose liquid fertilizer just the same as in my other sand or gravel substrate tanks, and the plant growth from the same species under identical light has been about the same, or perhaps worse in the enriched substrate tank, depending how one looks at this. This tank has had other issues with algae and cyano that have not been present in the other tanks.
Last edited by Byron; 04-27-2012 at 06:00 PM..