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post #1 of 7 Old 04-19-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Recommended amount of Eco-Complete?

I'm starting my first planted tank and am going to use Eco-Complete. The recommended amount printed on the bag is 1-2" per gallon. That seems a bit vague to me since tank volume to foot print size would not be a constant. In your experience, what would you recommend for a 55 gallon? (Foot print is 12" x 48")
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-19-2011, 08:23 PM
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I have the same setup 55 gall using Eco complete I bought 3 bags. I have about 3" in the back slope to about 2" ( some spots 1") in the front. I was told 1-2 pounds per gallon on substrate. Hopes this helps a little.
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I have the same setup 55 gall using Eco complete I bought 3 bags. I have about 3" in the back slope to about 2" ( some spots 1") in the front. I was told 1-2 pounds per gallon on substrate. Hopes this helps a little.
I okay soo after answer you question. I realized I could probably give a little bit more explanation on that LoL sorry. Depending on what plants you are planning on getting be it stems or substrate rooted plants will depend on the depth of the substrate. Some plants like some swords to my understanding have a pretty good root system and need more substrate then some stem plants. This is why to my understanding that most people I have talk to say they do 3-4" in the back and slope it to 1-2" in the front. Most people have taller plants in the back and need more substrate. I am sure someone here can explain it better as I am still learning myself. Good luck!

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-20-2011, 01:07 PM
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Boredomb has answered the question, I agree you want 2-3 inches in total, with more at the back where the larger plants (with more extensive roots systems) will be, and less (down to 1 inch) along the front.

The 1-2 inches per gallon, are you sure that isn't 1-2 pounds per gallon? I can't see how inches per gallon could have any relevance; in my 70g I would need 70-140 inches of substrate--that makes no sense. But 70 pounds does; I just set up my 70g with Flourite (similar to Eco-complete) and used 6 bags. Each bag is 15 pounds, so that is 90 pounds. It gave me 2-3 inches of substrate. I believe the Eco-complete also comes in 15 pound bags [or maybe 20 pound?] so this would equate with the 3-4 bags mentioned by Boredomb.

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I believe the Eco-complete also comes in 15 pound bags [or maybe 20 pound?] so this would equate with the 3-4 bags mentioned by Boredomb.
The bags of eco-complete I got was 20lbs each
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The 1-2 inches per gallon, are you sure that isn't 1-2 pounds per gallon? Byron.
Yep, it was supposed to be 1-2# per gallon. Shoulda proofread my posting a little better. Thanks for the info, though.

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-20-2011, 02:54 PM
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In my 20 gallon I have about 30-35 pound of eco-complete. I bought 2 bags but I did not use all of it.
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