CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate: Contains Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sulfer plus over 25 other elements to nourish your aquatic plants. Caribsea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate contains all the mineral nutrients needed for luxuriant aquatic plant growth without nuisance algae! The Caribsea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate is Iron rich which eliminates the need for laterite and is also Nitrate and carbonate free which will not increase pH or carbonate hardness. There is no artificial dye, paint or chemical coating because it's real!
The CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate also contains live Heterotrophic Bacteria to rapidly convert fish waste into natural food for your aquatic plants. The Caribsea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate also creates a natural biological balance which makes cycling in a new aquarium faster and safer. With it's unsurpassed MacroPorosity for healthy roots and bacterial efficieny - you would have to buy 4 bags of ordinary gravel to equal the surface are of this one bag of Caribsea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate!
I have used eco in a 20 gal and a 75 gal, covered with about 1 inch of gravel because I did not want black. It works very well, if only it was a bit cheaper. I don't think that the "beneficial bacteria" part has a lot of credibility to it.
Does the job it's supposed to.Not as black as you're led to believe. I put this in two tanks and after a couple of years,the black silicone has turned a tan color in several spots.And it's not just discolored,the silicone has become brittle.Happened in a Perfecto and also in an All Glass. I'm not saying it was the eco-complete but thats what was common between the two tanks.
If you're into planted tanks, you know what a PIA it is to keep rinsing a bucketful of substrate and then still have a muddy and cloudy tank for a week. This is Eco-Complete's greatest advantage - NO NEED TO RINSE! Looks great too. Until your plants root completely, they may have a tendency to float away if you have a strong current in the tank because this substrate is a bit loose. But other than that, it's the best. Flourite is good too - but I don't like to keep rinsing it 10 times per bucketful.
I think that Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate is the most effective substrate available for planted aquariums. I've used everything from gravel with potting soil to Onyx Sand to Flourite (which is effective too) but nothing is as good as this. Plants grow quicker, they take root easier and it looks more natural. It may cost more than some other substrates but it is well worth the price. I intend to use it in all of my future planted tanks.
CaribSea is a top-notch company w/ customer service second to none! This plant substrate has many good features that make it a top choice for a plant tank. The black color looks great w/ the plant contrast. Doubt you could find a better plant substrate (especially for the price)
This is a very good substrate for your plants. It has a nice color. Promotes plant growth and gives a good boost to all your new plants that you put into your aquarium. Really like the product however a little expensive. If you can find any cheaper then $20 definately get it because it usually runs in LFS around $30+. All in all this product is GREAT!
"comparable to flourite . . . but much easier to use"
i havnt found any differance in growth between flourite and eco-complete. but eco has 1 BIG advantage over flourite: its MUCH easier to use. if you have ever used flourite, you probalby get the feeling that your washing half of it away. but with eco, you simply dump it in. and its not as bold as flourite and has a nice greyish black color.
unfortunetly, this stuff typicaly costs a fortune. and i think you get about the same amount of gravle as flourite simply because of the water packing.
I am currently using this substrate in a 20 gallon tank planted with amazon swords and I really like it. I have not had to add any other fertilizers to the tank in order to keep the plants healthy. It has a nice dark color and very fine grains which allow for easy root growth, and the smaller fish I have can sift through it easily. It also contrasts nicely with the plant and fish colors. It's very easy to use as well, no rinsing required. My tank cycled in 3 weeks using this product from the start. It is a little expensive, I paid about $20 for a 20lb. bag.
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