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Thinking of doing this at a 50 \ 50 mix for my African Cichlid tank. Do you think this is a good plan for buffering the water and getting away from chemicals?
 

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Decided to go with just using Eco Complete for Cichlids but I have two questions:

1)- I purchased the 'Ivory Coast' mix because it matches the color of the gravel I already have in the tank thinking I'd just put the Eco-Complete over the top of my existing gravel. Is this a good idea?

2) - When I do put the new substrate in, the directions say 'do not rinse' but I've read somewhere here that people do rinse it before adding. Which should I do? Keep in mind that my tank is stocked and doing well.

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I would rinse it but lightly, just to remove the dust. CarribSea always say not to wash their gravels, presumably as one might, if carried to excess, rinse off some of the "benefit," but as quick rinse is not going to do this.

As for mixing substrates, remember than the finer will sink to the bottom, with the larger-particle on top. You mention they are the same colour, but if there is any difference in shade or texture it will be obvious they are different.

Byron.

Thanks for the advice. One more question: I assume it's okay to put in new substrate with fish in the tank. Is this correct?
 
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