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Coverin' up that barebottom


kortniee

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I put substrate into my 75 gallon tank today! This is kind of a big deal for me, as I've never had a goldfish tank that wasn't barebottom before. But, I decided I really wanted big plants, and to get big plants, I needed room for their roots to grow. So... substrate! I chose Eco Complete, for the color and the size.

Here is a before shot!

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And here is a picture of the immediate after.

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Some more pictures after some more of the dust and bubbles had cleared.

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One of my plecos has decided to dig himself a little fort right here. There are better places to hide, but I think the plecos will find them at night and are more or less hunkering down at the moment.

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This is where the other guy is hiding out:

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Looks great! Just wondering, how is the eco complete different from regular sand? Is there a different ratio of material in it?

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It looks great!

Here's to us barebottom girls covering up :alc

:P

Thanks! I will admit that looking at your substrate helped brave me up for putting in mine! :D

Everyone looks happy! Haha in the last photo I couldn't even see your pleco for a moment! :rofl Beautiful setup. :D

Thank you! Everyone does seem happy, which is a relief.

I LOVE it!!!!!

Edit. What is the tall plant on the right?

Thanks! The back right plant is some stems of hygrophila corymbosa, I think. Definitely hygro something!

Woot woot! I hope it works out!!! How deep is the substrate?

It's about an inch deep in the front and 2 and change inches deep in the back.

This looks very nice! The eco complete sure has a nice color to it, and at least the plecos seem to love it :D

Thank you, Fang! The plecos do seem pretty okay with life, though I bet they will feel happier after the lights go out tonight.

looks great! I am also contemplating covering up my barebottom :wacko:

It's definitely a big change! If you do decide to do so, post some pictures!

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Looks great! And love the plecostomoose too!

Thanks! :rofl The plecostomoose love you too!

Your tank looks great! Keep us posted on your "big plants"!

I prefer my bottom to be sparkling clean, thusly, it shall remain bare! :booty

I definitely like the barebottom for cleaning purposes! But I also like plants. It was a dilemma, for sure.

Looks good :)

Thanks!

That looks great! I'm considering going planted when I upgrade. Looks so nice! :)

I love how the plants look. Definitely recommend it. :D (And since my problem with land plants is that I always forget to water them... this works out great!)

Looks terrific! I do like the looks of that substrate . . .. :hummm

It seems like a pretty good substrate so far. I did have to buy a LOT of it for this tank, and it's not cheap, though.

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Love it!

What type of crypts are in your tank and where did you get them?

Thanks! The crypts on the right in front of the rock are wendtii, I think, and the ones in the middle-left are undulata. There are tall ones in the back right that are spiralis, I think. Remembering these things is not my strongest talent. :) They all came from Planted Aquariums Central.

Looks great! Just wondering, how is the eco complete different from regular sand? Is there a different ratio of material in it?

It's a lot bigger than sand. Not gravel-big, but definitely not sand-small. It's a volcanic rock, I think, which makes it hold on to nutrients better than other substrates. Other than that, its benefits are basically color and size.

Courtney, I'm loving the look! I can't wait to see how it fills in. :D

Thank you! I am really excited to see if the plants can stretch out a little now!

It looks really good!!

Thanks! I am glad it turned out as well as it did.

Looks great!!! I cant wait for you plants to grow like crazy now ;)

ME NEITHER. I am so excited! :happydance

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Don't tell me to cover up my barebottom! :rofl :rofl :rofl

Courtney, I have always been a fan of your tanks (and fish), and I look forward to seeing the developments of this new look as well. Already, it looks lovely. :)

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Hey Courtney, are you still liking your substrate? I have been thinking of trying this one as I like the size of the grains and the color too. A few questions, did you rinse before hand? Is your water cloudy from it? Does it show much waste/food? Were you able to leave your fish in? Are you still happy with it? Enough questions? ha ha

I wonder how it would look if mixed with the very small amount of gravel I have? just to add some earth tones to it.

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