Originally Posted by dennis
BTW, gnome is "the woman"
Actually, I have a 10-gallon tank in which I used one whole bag of Eco-Complete. I love it, too! Same price, the color is a lot more pleasing and I got only slightly more haze when I first added it to my tank. It also cleared overnight. Only thing is, I've heard people claim that their GH and KH were being affected by this stuff, and I, myself, was wondering why the hardness in this particular tank was often so high, when it's practically zero degrees out of the tap. So while I have no proof that it's because of the Eco-Complete, I decided to do my new tank with Flourite in case there was a connection.
The most annoying thing about Flourite for me is the color. I remember when I first got cherry red shrimp, I couldn't see them sometimes because they blended in so well with the substrate. They definitely look best on something black like Eco-Complete. But I had to give up on cherry shrimp because they were too expensive and never survived long. So the redness of Flourite is no longer such an issue for me. It never affected hardness, either.
When I began filling that little tank with water, I noticed the Flourite "sizzling." It's just like the sound activated carbon makes when you first wet it. I guess it's assurance that the stuff is *completely* dry. So if you try this method, listen for that sizzling sound. And make sure you don't pour the water right onto the Flourite. It's best to add gently, either trickling down the side of the tank or onto a shallow plate, like I did.
! That's a LOT of Flourite!!! And it would be a LOT of water wasted if you were to rinse it in the traditional way. You could empty out one of the Great Lakes