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In our planted tanks is there important bacteria in the substrate like nitrifiying bacteria? Or does it remain mainly in the filter like in a non-planted tank?

I remember when I was putting eco-complete in my tank the bags said something about live bacteria. I just dismissed it as a advertising gimick, but is there any truth to this?
 

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You want bacteria everywhere---in the substrate, the filter, everywhere. You don't have to take any special pains to get them---they will get there on their own.
 

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Im curious about that too!! But my point of view is the supposely LIVE bacteria in the eco complete bag probably all dead. Unless is fresh out of the manufracture.
 

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I think the bacteria in the bag is dead. Unless you keep water oxygenated/moving in your tank your bacteria dies. That's why the people in Houston had such a problem when they were out of electricity for so long. They kept trying to do water changes which helped oxygenate their tanks....
 
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