To Cap Or Not To Cap?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by mmp4, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. mmp4Valued MemberMember

    Im using CaribSea Eco-Complete as my substrate for my 20g planted tank. I've just recently heard about people having to cap aquarium soil. Does that have to be capped to prevent it from moving? If so, what would I use?

  2. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You could use gravel. It makes it easier to cap off the soil with.

    Sand is another option, but I prefer gravel.
  3. mmp4Valued MemberMember

    Does the gravel have to be vacuumed to be cleaned and will it affect the soil?
  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You do not need to cap EcoComplete. Capping is more for something like potting soil, a substrate that would otherwise cloud the tank if not capped.
  5. Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    I used it and it was a complete disaster. Had to tear down the tank in a month. Had green slime all over.

    Best wishes that you do not go through that. It seems to be a common issue with this product.
  6. mmp4Valued MemberMember

    Thanks. I was confused and wanted to be sure before I added my plants
  7. mmp4Valued MemberMember

    Was it caused soley by the substrate or could there have been other factors? Do you have any recommendations for a similar substrate?
  8. Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    It was the substrate. There was another thread that we talked about this issue. I will see if I can find it.

    EDIT: here it is.
    Help - Magnetic Soil ?????
  9. mmp4Valued MemberMember

    Thanks. I'll check it out

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