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Eco-Complete as cap on dirt in NPT?

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Eco-Complete as cap on dirt in NPT?
Old 05-06-2013, 03:37 PM   #11
 
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o so just put a perimeter of eggcreate?
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:45 PM   #12
 
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o so just put a perimeter of eggcreate?
Yes, That keeps the dirt and sand/gravel from mixing in the front/sides. Its not a bad thing if it does but some ppl don't like the mixing of colors.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #13
 
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ahhh makes sense now... I thought u meatn to cover the bottom entirely with eggcrate :P
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:50 PM   #14
 
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ahhh makes sense now... I thought u meatn to cover the bottom entirely with eggcrate :P
LoL no just along the walls of the tank.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:45 PM   #15
 
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What if you used black sand? Wouldn't it look similar enough to not be noticeable?
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #16
 
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What if you used black sand? Wouldn't it look similar enough to not be noticeable?
Maybe depends on how deep the sand 'wall' is infront of the dirt. I have used Black sand as a cap over dirt that I mentioned earlier in this thread along with the eggcrate once. When I disturbed the soil and it ended up on top of the sand it was pretty noticeable to me. This is just my experience through.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #17
 
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if you haven't bought the potting soil yet, don't.

I have bad luck with soil rich in organics and peat. something more like dirt is much better.

also, look into "Estes Ultra Reef Sand". contrary to the name, its for freshwater too. It comes in black, is cheap, and much softer. looks better too.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:59 PM   #18
 
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if you haven't bought the potting soil yet, don't.

I have bad luck with soil rich in organics and peat. something more like dirt is much better.
So just a question Redchigh. So since you have had a problem with Potting mixes that means everyone is going to have a problem with it??
Instead of saying,"Don't" wouldn't it have been better to say "You should be aware of some of the possible risks and that I general have problems with it." That generally sounds better then just saying "Don't" I say this cause I haven't had problems with MGOCPM before and have know others who have ran it in their tanks for awhile without any problems. Just saying...
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #19
 
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heres a link to the walstead method Walstad method - The Free Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit - The Aquarium Wiki at the bottom there are soils that are recommended by Diana some of the ones you say to not use are in her list. =)
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:46 PM   #20
 
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I used Eco-complete as a cap over soil in my 45long and it worked just fine. The Eco also had the benefit of soaking up the nutrients that the soil was leeching so over time it became just as useful as the soil itself. In my experience all the plants that I used that pulled their nutrients from roots thrived in the setup.
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