To Cap Or Not To Cap?

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I'm using CaribSea Eco-Complete as my substrate for my 20 gallon 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?
 

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

Sand is another option, but I prefer gravel.
 
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Does the gravel have to be vacuumed to be cleaned and will it affect the soil?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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TexasDomer said:
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.
Thanks. I was confused and wanted to be sure before I added my plants
 
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Thunder_o_b said:
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.
Was it caused soley by the substrate or could there have been other factors? Do you have any recommendations for a similar substrate?
 
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Thunder_o_b said:
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 ?????
Thanks. I'll check it out
 

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