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    I just put all my eco complete I bought today and the water is very cloudy. (Like can't even see the heater or filter pump) Is it going to dissapear after a few days?
    Also, is vacuuming the eco-complete harder because its more fine than regular colored gravel?
    And when I go to put the plants in my tank in a few weeks is it going to stir up and get all cloudy again when I bury the plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackish
    I just put all my eco complete I bought today and the water is very cloudy. (Like can't even see the heater or filter pump) Is it going to dissapear after a few days?
    Also, is vacuuming the eco-complete harder because its more fine than regular colored gravel?
    And when I go to put the plants in my tank in a few weeks is it going to stir up and get all cloudy again when I bury the plants?
    Can you take a picture? Eco is one of the cleanest planting substrates available, and the debris should be out of the water from settling/filtration within 24 hours.
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    vaccuuming with a planted tank is not the same as for a fresh water tank. i maybe on the extreme side but i didn't do my first vaccuum for a year and a half after the tank was set up. fast growing plants are a better way to remove organics in a planted aquaria the fish waste here is fertilizer

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbbudd
    vaccuuming with a planted tank is not the same as for a fresh water tank. i maybe on the extreme side but i didn't do my first vaccuum for a year and a half after the tank was set up. fast growing plants are a better way to remove organics in a planted aquaria the fish waste here is fertilizer

    Can you reccommend some good plants then? I was going to get several in each corner and maybe some smaller stuff growing across the bottom in the middle. NOthing to crowded but definitely natural looking.

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    I'm also surprised you had so much clouding with the eco. It's claimed to be one of the better planting substracts and actually to help with the cycling.

    I did read to add the liquid and all to a new tank but if adding to an established tank to dump the liquid off first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I'm also surprised you had so much clouding with the eco. It's claimed to be one of the better planting substracts and actually to help with the cycling.

    I did read to add the liquid and all to a new tank but if adding to an established tank to dump the liquid off first.

    eh, we'll see what happens tomorow, it has already gotten better in half a day.

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    Mine is a bit cloudy yet too but I expect a clear tank by morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackish
    Also, is vacuuming the eco-complete harder because its more fine than regular colored gravel?
    I have eco complete as well. I have noticed that when you vacume it that if you put the gravel vacuum down in the gravel you pick up all of the small grains of eco complete

    To avoid this I never put the vacuum in the gravel. I vacuum like you would sand. I hold the vacuum about an inch or 2 above the gravel and swirl it to cause the mum to be transported up into the water column where I can easily vacuum it without picking up any of my precious eco-complete.

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    And when I go to put the plants in my tank in a few weeks is it going to stir up and get all cloudy again when I bury the plants?
    I Have not had any problems with my eco complete making the tank cloudy. I am not saying that you are not, but are you filling the tank with a plate or piece of tupperware underneath the flow of water into the tank to keep it from mixing up the gravel. I have never had a problem using this method.
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