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CaribSea Eco-Complete 20-Pound Planted Aquarium, Black
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- Complete substrate for freshwater planted aquariums
- Contains major and minor trace elements to nourish aquarium plants
- Substrate encourages healthy plant root growth
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1) Dark almost black appearance. If you want that look this is the substrate for you. It wont fade like the painted gravel.
2) CEC- basically it absorbs nutrients and your plants take the nutrients from the rocks (in a nutshell)
3) no cleaning of the rocks- open the bag, pour it in your tank, no rinsing, no mess....plug and play
4) fish safe- I am a cory cat fish nut, and I hear people say it will cut their barbels... that is an urban legend. this is my 3rd tank I am using this on, all of my cories have long nice healthy barbels.
5) Easy to plant, grab my tongs/tweezers and push plant into place.
6) Cheap- cheaper than Aqua soil or fluval or whatever. 20 pounds of clown puke (colored gravel) is the same price.
7) I can push my plant tabs in the substrate with ease. I do the home made osmocote plus (which I bought from amazon)
8)Stable- it won't break down like aquasoil will, wont raise ph, ammonia etc....
With the money I save I can buy some plants or some fish.
My only complaint about this product is that it is kind of misleading when it says that it has beneficial bacteria in it to cycle your tank. Please don't take it like it will instantly cycle your tank. It comes packed in water which is cycled, and smells very foul when you cut open the bag. ALSO, make sure that when you open the bag that you open it up over your aquarium or over a tub/outside, as it is almost like vacuumed sealed and it will splash. I made that mistake and it spilled all over my floor. No big deal, though. Anyway, you need to let your aquarium cycle completely just like you would with any other aquarium.
The substrate itself consists of very small sand particles and small sized granules. The package says that the small particles sift down to the bottom of the tank naturally to allow for optimum root growth and CO2/Nutrient supply, which is mostly true. Some of the particles still are on the top layer of the substrate, but overall the statement is true.
The bag also says that you do not need to wash this substrate before filling your aquarium up. I have found this to be completely true.Read more ›
I took off 1/2 star because the contents of the package was extremely foul smelling. Since I bought 6 packages, my living room became extremely smelly, it smells like a sewer. This is the most foul smelling substrate I have ever bought, but if it's good for my plants, then I'm willing to deal with that. After 4 days, the foul smell is finally gone. I do not know if fish can be added to the tank while the water is still foul smelling but it takes a few weeks to properly nitrogen cycle the tank anyway. I would not add this substrate to an established tank that already contains fish, given that the substrate smell can penetrate water and evaporate into air in order to be smelled. Other reviewers did not comment in this 4 day duration of foul odor, but my case may be severe because I used 6 bags for my 100 gallon tank.
I took of 1/2 star because the substrate clouds the water a lot, which is more noticeable in larger aquariums. I trickled the dechlorinated water onto a large family size salad bowl while filling the aquarium with water, at a rate of about 1 gallon per 5 minutes, to prevent disturbance of the substrate. After my aquarium was filled, the water was a very cloudy yellow grey brown, with visibility of approximately 5 inches.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My plants have never been happier. Would recommend to everyone.Published 8 hours ago by Oakley on the Delta
awesome product. plants are just growing out of control. much, much better than fluorite and will not cloud the water. highly recommended.Published 10 hours ago by Ace Blair
The product is amazing but the box came falling apart. I have this on my aquarium now and it looks beautiful and is fine. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Robby Hadley
Love the look and texture of this stuff. After adding one 20 lb bag to my 55 gallon aquarium I am already in love with this product and so are my fish! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael Scott
I did a complete gravel change to use this. I was really skeptical but,,,,,,, Best thing I ever done for my planted tank. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Debra Gallagher
Excellent product. I put it in my already cycled tank and it didn't cloud the aquarium at all. No need to rinse it either. Very happy with purchase.Published 4 days ago by D
What a transformation!!!!! My tank looks amazing, make sure uou allow your water to filter at least 30 to an hour before adding your fish...Published 19 days ago by Lisandro Santacruz