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Old 03-29-2004, 09:47 PM   #1
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substrate question

okay dokey. starting up a 90gal fully planted with eco complete. I am not a math genius and this is my first big tank. How many 20LB bags of eco-complete will I need to produce a adaquete substrate base? I'm thinking that 2.5" - 3" is what I am looking for in a base. Any info will help.

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The old saying is 1 pound per gallon. Of course this does not take into account the depth of the tank. Is this a 48" x 18" 90gal or is it longer? If it is 48" x 18" I would go with about 70 to 80 pounds. I do like a think gravel bed so keep that in mind.

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it's the 48" x 18". Sounds good to me....thanks
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Also, just FYI, there is a sand bed calculator in the "calcs" section of this site, which works for any kind of substrate. You provide the dimensions of the tank and how deep you want your substrate to be.
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Keeper, you'll need 1 bag for each 10 gallons of standard tank size, to get an average of 2.5" depth.
It sounds like you have a 90 gallon tall...so the footprint is the same as my 75 gallon, but it's deeper than mine by probably 4 inches.

I'd say start with 6 bags of eco complete, and plan on maybe buying 2 more if the depth isn't perfect.
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sounds good....thanks for all the help
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