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CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate by CaribSea

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SKU: CB00770
UPC: 008479007704
MPN: 770
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CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate Description

CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate is mineralogically and biologically complete substrate for planted aquariums that comes in live water that contains purifying bacteria.

  • Mineralogically and biologically complete substrate
  • For planted aquariums
  • Comes in live water that contains purifying bacteria

Mineralogically complete means it contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur plus over 25 other elements to nourish your aquatic plants. It contains all the mineral nutrients needed for luxuriant aquatic plant growth without nuisance algae. This iron-rich substrate eliminates the need for laterite.

Biologically complete means it contains live heterotrophic bacteria to rapidly convert fish waste into natural food for your aquatic plants; creates a natural biological balance which makes cycling a new aquarium faster and safer; packed in Liquid Amazon buffered "Black Water" solution for immediate organic water conditioning; unsurpassed MacroPorosity for healthy roots and bacterial efficiency. You would need to buy 4 bags of ordinary gravel to equal the surface area of this one bag of substrate.

Other features include: nitrate and carbonate free-will not increase pH or carbonate hardness; there are no artificial dyes, paints or chemical coatings; the natural black substrate encourages the most vibrant coloration in fishes and reduces fish stress; spherial grains for optimum diffusion performance; supplies calcium without raising the pH; lead free.

The Bi-Modal grading naturally separates into 2 distinct layers: 1) Fine layer on the bottom for best root development and 2) Coarse layer on top which conveys oxygen and nutrients to the roots.

Instructions: Use 1-2 pounds per gallon of aquarium water. Two pounds or more per gallon will deliver best performance. An ideal depth is at least 3".

It is designed to be a complete substate but may also serve as a bottom layer with your choice of non-carbonate substrate on top (do not use marble, dolomite, limestone, crushed coral, shells aragonite etc.).

For new aquarium set-ups simply pour in the entire contents of this bag and fill aquarium with de-chlorintated tap water or, for best results, de-ionized or distilled water. It will automatically segregate into 2 distinct layers with the finer material on the bottom.

For established systems, drain and discard most of the liquid contents of the product before placing into the system.

Warning!!! Placing new gravel over the top ("capping") of an estabished gravel bed can be damaging to aquatic life. Gently mix new material into the existing bed with fingers. For added safety this process can be done, in sections, over the course of a few days.

Place aquatic plants with roots deep into the substrate. Plants may be held in place with the aid of small rocks, pieces of wood, etc.

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CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate Customer Reviews

Roger, Pineville MO on 2020/09/12
Excellent Substrate

After reading many reviews, I decided on eco as a substrate for my aquascape, pet mountain delivered it very timely and at a very competitive price.

Gator, Beckley WV on 2018/11/02
My substrate of this is the fine grain

I've used this for about 4 years and I was surprised at how good this is at first and I'm completely satisfied with this now. My plants grow better, look better, and my fish seem to be as satisfied as I am. There is no buildup of gasses in the substrate and there is no need to vacuum the gravel, just skim above the top of the gravel.

Kevin, Auburn WA on 2016/05/31
i love this stuff

i haven't done any scientific experiments to see how effective this is for a planted aquarium, but it seems to work for about go team easy, no rinsing! wowdump and go!CaribSea seems like a high-quality brand; when i need more, i'm getting more of this stuff without a doubt.

Jon, Punxsutawney PA on 2015/03/27
Great, but has snails.

I like this substrate. I have added it to all of my aquariums. My most recent 55 gallon tank has only this gravel. Plants do well in it. I was wondering how I got snails into my tank. I thought maybe my plants until I added this gravel to an empty tank. Many snails. I don't mind because they clean up and my fish like to eat them when popped:) If you don't want snails you may need something without the Live Water in it.

Sue, Shepherdstown WV on 2014/06/20
Best substrate

This is the best substrate I have used. I strained it once and put the tank together. No cloudy water! It looks beautiful.

Pat, Dayton OH on 2013/03/01
Great stuff

I have used several products and this is great to work with. Much nicer than the layerite which has to be rinsed and still clouds the water.

Mark, Poland OH on 2007/10/16
I would not use anything else!

Eco-Complete is by far the best substrate on the market for planted or non planted freshwater aquariums. It is packed in water, so you are paying for that too, but it is like the live rock for the freshwater community. My plants thrive in Eco-Complete, and the natural black sure shows off their color. I would highly recommend this to anyone setting up a fresh water tank.