Hey again guys,
I recently had a debate with my boss about the differences between ADA substrate, and Seachems range of substrates...
After about half an hour of debating, I decided to go with Eco-complete, being less than half the price, at only $30 AU a bag...
But the granule size is massive!!! Will it break down over a few months or will it retain its size?
I've only opened one bag, so if the Eco-complete doesn't disolve into smaller particles, i'm going to return the remaining three bags and save for ADA substrate...
Your opinion is welcome and appreciated...
Hi Kritas, the picture you posted looks about right. The Eco Complete won't break down, and all the smaller particles will sink to the bottom of the tank giving a sort of two-layered effect. I can't say that eco complete is my favouite substrate in terms of looks, but I wouldn't get rid of it for the world - not with a heavily planted tank.
Do you think I would be better off doing the whole Garden soil thing? I could lay the soil on top of the Eco-complete or something so it doesn't look like gravel...
What should I look for when buying Garden Soil? Have soil in backyard and coul use it easily, as the pool is being dug out atm...(If anyone has regular soil in the planted tanks, can you please post a pic of what it looks like?)
If you lay the soil on top of the Eco, it will eventually fall through to the bottom of the tank, and you will end up with a problem with Detrius. I know of people who have used garden soil in their tanks, some work fine and others just end up with a huge mess. Better to stick to tried and true soil made for the specific reason. Seachem's range is really good, but you cant go past ADA. I started using it about a month ago and IMO it is absolutely great. Have had no problems at all and the plant growth is amazing in just a few days.
I can say one thing about eco-complete, I bought 2 bags of the identical product. one was wide ranging in size from pebble to sand and the next bag was almost completely sand. This does not say anything about how well the product works but makes me wonder about the quality control.
ADA is the best in Commercial substrates, yes. But absolutely NOTHING, can compare to the Nutrient richness of natural Garden Soil.
Depends on where the garden soil comes from, and what has been used on it/in it prior. Personally I dont think I would like to risk it, and also what happens when all those supposed nutrients disappear? For they surely will. Everyone is entitled to their own course of action of course, but it is not for me. I value the life of my fish too much. I have seen some tanks planted with garden soil though...they were awful :roll:
Australian's are always biased towards ADA, which is why I joined the Euro/US forum...
Aussies are so fiesty and argumentative, almost as bad as us greeks... At least us greeks give it a rest lol... You can't put one word into that forum, without it being closely speculated, and heavily scrutinized by every person that comes and reads your post... And most of them seem to think they know it all, because they know a friend that owns a fish shop, or they own a fish shop... Or something always stupid like that...
My boss, I've found doesn't know much bout fish, or how to medicate their water even, he always just throws in some Prime(gets rid of chloramine, chlorine, ammonia, nitrates, nitrites...)... He also thinks that 1 out of 8-9 diseases described to him are neon tetra disease... And I just laugh...Fool...
The person using soil, would have had no clue how it affects his tank, which is why it looked so awful... I have seen tanks that looks absolutely magnificent, and they use soil... It is the most natural(duh), and JMHO, the best.
BTW, you think that ADA is the best soil out? ROFLMAO. Now try taking all the different ADA soils out seperately... ADA is far from perfect, im just waiting for the world to realise that...
If soil loses its nutrients, then so would ADA and Seachems range... But woops, I forgot, those commercials aquatic soils are burned to around 650 degrees Celcius, so that their nutrients cant escape effectively. So called, "locked in nutrients". Well they are locked in alright...
BTW, thankyou SydneySider, for realising that every person to their own, and that people can make the choice for themselves, and seeing that this is merely a discussion forum, not an argument forum. People don't need them pushing them off the cliff into a sea of useless products...
Sorry, I had to vent abit:roll:
Dear Me, I came back on to say, I am not an Australian, only living in this wonderful country for another couple of months, until returning HOME. This forum has suprised me very much by deleting the last couple of posts in this thread . I did say I have been a fishkeeper/plant keeper for over 30yrs. That being the case Nicholas, I have used many different types of soil, some not even on the market anymore. We could have had a mature discussion, you may have learnt a thing or two.
I am extremely sorry I have offended you SydneySider, I am not saying you were Australian, nor meaning to be racist...
Please excuse my ignorance, and my stupidity.
I would not expect anything from you now, with me displaying how abrupt I am, but if you would, I would like to discuss it with you further. I seek to learn, and with your knowledge, I would be priveledged to learn from you
Once again, Forgive me?
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