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Old 08-03-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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What is tbe difference between floramax and echo complete besides price that is? Is one better than the other? Just wanted some oppinions before I bu. Getting ready to rearange my tank, change my background to black and install my new sat + next step down the road is substrate.
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They're essentially the same thing in terms of the lava rock they use for the material. However, EC has that beneficial bacteria liquid in the bag and because of it you don't need to pre-rinse. Floramax definitely needs a rinse before adding it to the tank. I like them equally but would get which ever it available to you at the 'lower price."

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I love the fact you don't have to rinse Eco, just open the bag and pour it and the liquid in. I also have never had any clouding issues when using Eco and I literally have it as the substrate in all my tanks.
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Floramax is usually a good bit cheaper so it'd be my choice out of the two. Just put it in a 5g bucket, put the hose down into the bottom and let it overflow. Stir it every few seconds and dump off any cloudy water. Should start running clear within a few minutes and you are good to go.
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Thanks for the replies. Was thinking of putting some API Startzyme on it after I get it in the tank so its got some bacteria to start and would still be cheaper than echo. Thoughts
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If you have it on hand already why not, but I wouldn't spend money on it if you don't have it already.
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I have some leftover. And where do you buy empty pill capsules from for DIY root tabs
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Google/Ebay. If you don't have the substrate in yet you can just put them in the substrate while the tank is empty. The ice cube method works well if you are quick also.
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