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05-30-2014, 04:33 AM #1
CaribSea Eco-Complete Black questions
I am likely going to switch out my regular gravel substrate for something more plant friendly. Looking at the CaribSea Eco, as my post title implies. I did scan over the sticky on substrate switches in the Tank Set Up section, but I didn't seem to find some answers to questions I have (although I did find a lot of otherwise important info!)
a few Q's:
when using a substrate like CaribSea Eco-Complete, I am assuming you put another substrate OVER it, like gravel or some such? Is this a correct assumption??
from what I was reading online when changing substrates with an already established tank, people seemed to suggest doing only a portion at a time, like about 25%. Does that sound right and what are folks' experiences with this???
Should I be worried about my clown loaches digging up this substrate? They like to move the rocks around of my current substrate. I would assume all would be okay if it is aquarium safe, though...?
feel free to slap me if I posted questions that the answers are already up on a sticky somewhere and I missed them, and my apologies, if so!
05-30-2014, 04:34 AM #2
oh! another Q! how would this sort of substrate affect my normal gravel vacuuming??
05-30-2014, 05:24 AM #3
Ok first q. Some people cap their substrate but it is not needed. I have eco and flora max mix in my tank with no problem.
2nd q. I wouldnt worry about the loss of bb too much. I switched a few times w/o a problem w/o saving any substrate. Some people say to keep a few pounds in a netting to save some bb. But only doing 25% at a time seems like a pita to me...
3rd q. Dont need tk gravel vac if you have plants. Just hover over the substrate to suck up any poo/food you see
Not sure on your loach. But ive heard they are diggers and arent nice for most plants.
Now my qs.... What sized tank is this for? Are you aware how big clown loaches really get?
05-30-2014, 10:24 AM #4
thanks so much for the info! much appreciated. my tank is 60 gallons, I am quite aware of how large the loaches can get. If I do end up having to rehome them, it won't be for quite awhile, at least. My only regret- I have 2 instead of 3. I wish I could go back in time & change that. The only plants of mine that they really got into digging were jungle val. Them and my pleco went to town on those. I have a few small ones left, tho...