How Long Can You Leave Substrate Unplanted

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So I recently bought a bag of Eco-Complete, and I was planning on putting it in my 10 gal., but I am still waiting on my plants and the substrate will be unplanted. I was wondering if I can leave the substrate like that or would I have problems. I know you cant keep it in water because algae will form, But I cant keep it dry because it comes with a liquid that supposedly contains beneficial bacteria. So I was wondering how can I deal with it? I also already opened the bag to put some in another aquarium so there's that.
 
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Lol thanks you guys, I saw a youtube video warning about that stuff so I got nervous. I appreciate it! Now i can cycle the tank lol. I hope it cycles quickly since this supposedly has BB but I also have a filter that was running in another aquarium and some gravel I am going to place in there as well so it should be all good.
 
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You can put it in there no problem. Do not turn the lights on and do large water changes of over %50 at least every 2 or 3 days.
Oh i heard to not do water chnages for the first week, but I guess thats if you have plants which I dont yet. Im afraid to move my plants into this tank as it has no light other than the sun lol.
 

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Oh i heard to not do water chnages for the first week, but I guess thats if you have plants which I dont yet. Im afraid to move my plants into this tank as it has no light other than the sun lol.
Changing 50% every day or every other day during the first couple weeks is the best way to prevent algae from the start (besides balanced lighting, ferts, CO2).
 
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