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Are you planning to use it in your 55 gallon tank? Carib Sea recommends 1 pound per each gallon of water and a thickness of 2-3 inches on the bottom. I am buying 3 bags to do my new 40 gallon with, which will give me 2-2 1/2" of the substrate.ShamFish97 said:
I'm using BDBS for my 75g, and once I move my fish over I'll most likely be using eco carib in my 55g.Julabean said:Are you planning to use it in your 55 gallon tank? Carib Sea recommends 1 pound per each gallon of water and a thickness of 2-3 inches on the bottom. I am buying 3 bags to do my new 40 gallon with, which will give me 2-2 1/2" of the substrate.
I'm not surprised that Amazon is a lot cheaper than what is at your LFS. Also, Amazon provides free 2-day shipping for prime members, of which I am. My membership pays for itself each year on what I save on shipping alone. Otherwise, I'm not sure what the shipping cost is, but I can almost guarantee it will cost less than your LFS. Good luck and please keep me updated.
Only excel has a “bad” chemical, glutaraldehyde. All other ferts are simply nutrient salts dissolved in water... the nutrients occur in nature and a couple are even edible. All of Seachem’s products are safe, otherwise they wouldn’t really be in business.ap4lmtree said:I am reading up on liquid ferts. I read in your first post that you used excel. I dont think you should use excel. A good sum of people have nightmare stories of using that while their fish were in the tank. I am trying to remember, but I think i used liquid ferts before, including nilocg trhiveS, and I think i threw all my liquid products away because I was so worried about what it could do to my fish. I especially don't like seachem company chemicals. Aside from their good product, prime, i think their ferts might use some kind of lab antiseptic derivative -- 1,5-pentanedial or glutaraldehyde. I regret throwing nilcog thriveS away because I can't remember why i included that when i threw liquid chems away. Now, i would like to use it, but I dont want to spend 23 bucks for a new bottle right now.
However, at the time i threw my chemicals away, i wanted to value my fish more than added chemicals doing anything to my fish. Likewise, I stopped using my homemade co2 bubbler.
In the end, i think i went more natural for my fish rather than use chemicals. But I do use osmocote, and I used to use seachem flourish root tabs, which is also good. I also used to have different substrates. Some of them cloud the water and some don't, so you have to be delicate with some. In addition, some might be too rough for fish. However, many you have to replace after a while.
You can also get some plants like java fern or anubias that don't need substrate. I bought a mother anubias plant off ebay, and it divided to three plants. I will likely buy another one soon. However, mother plants on ebay are good bargains.
i dont have a good planted tank like before, so i am not one to give good advice.
Chanyi said:Eco-Complete = Hard to plant delicate plants into, low CEC, no nutrients, completely inert, very good at trapping detritus making it an algae magnet, too expensive, no benefit over regular pea gravel.
Flourite = Hard to plant delicate plants into, low CEC, no nutrients, completely inert, too expensive, no benefit over regular pea gravel.
Stratum = No nutrients (non that they claim anyway), decent CEC, but it breaks down over a year or so into complete mud and creates a huge mess. Plants grow well in it though...
Plain sand = Clean, easy to plant anything into, easy to vacuum, looks nice, well priced. I recommend this approach. Fertilize the water column, use root tabs too if you want (not needed) and watch plants grow.
Spend your money not on substrate (unless you are going with ADA aquasoil - see below) but rather spend it on quality fertilizers, lighting or CO2.
ADA AquaSoil - Nutrient rich, good CEC, easy to plant into, lasts a few years before breaking down. But, note that it buffers the water's kH, dropping pH meaning water changes with tap water will cause pH swings. It also releases tons of ammonia for a month or so, and requires a fairly strict water change schedule to start off with it. Good for plants though.
Depends on:smee82 said:
Flourish comprehensive has has it too, if you go to their website, below ingredients, it has a safety information that lists it. All seachem products are not safe. Besides those two liquid ferts, their seachem matrix bio media raises water hardness significantly, yet it doesn't state so. So, unless your fish dont mind significant water hardness, then it isn't safe aquariums. My regular ceramic media does not change water hardness. Or if you want to go with other products, we could talk about prime. Prime stinks like rotten eggs. Fish have a smell sense, so it is likely they smell it for a while. It likely causes temporary discomfort.-Mak- said:Only excel has a “bad” chemical, glutaraldehyde. All other ferts are simply nutrient salts dissolved in water... the nutrients occur in nature and a couple are even edible. All of Seachem’s products are safe, otherwise they wouldn’t really be in business.