07-19-2009, 06:33 AM
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Herky, just jumping to substrate for a second (I know your focusing on lights, but I noticed you mentioned Eco Complete). I have 2 tank running right now. One is a 20 gallon which I've had for about 3 years. I put Eco in it last year and nothing grew. It was not the fault of the Eco Complete! It was my own fault because I bought a light that was much too intense for a 20 gallon tank that has no CO2. Knowing I would be upgrading to a larger tank, I just left the light situation as it was. The plants died and I put fake plants in to hold me over.
Now my second tank is a 75 gallon which I just got up and running this week. I purchased 4 bags of Eco Complete for this tank and I cannot believe how different it is from the Eco Complete I used in my 20g last year. My old Eco complete is much smaller grained. The new Eco Complete has very large chunks in it and I'm not thrilled with it. If I had realized this beforehand I probably would have gone with Flourite Black Sand instead. It's too late now, but I just wanted to give you a heads up.
Last edited by artgalnj; 07-19-2009 at 06:37 AM..