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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Aquasoil and Ammonia Spikes

is it safe to heavily plant a freshly setup tank with aquasoil as the substrate.....do the ammonia levels get too high? Should i be doing daily/every other day water changes for a few days? Thoughts?
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Yes it is safe and even recommended that you heavily plant with aqua soil, it's also recommend that you change 50% plus of your water daily for the first week, every other day the second week, every 3rd on the 3rd and so on, that ammonia will help with you cycling
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perfect....i was missing the water change timing, so thats excellent! Thanks!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 04:28 AM
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Sorry, not to threadjack, but what if you already have an established tank and are switching out the regular gravel with aquasoil? I do have about 6 neons in my 29 gallon, and a few plants, but that's it.

Any advice how I can go about switching the substrate, without having the Ammonia spikes kill my fish?
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Sorry, not to threadjack, but what if you already have an established tank and are switching out the regular gravel with aquasoil? I do have about 6 neons in my 29 gallon, and a few plants, but that's it.

Any advice how I can go about switching the substrate, without having the Ammonia spikes kill my fish?
Put the aquasoil in a bucket to let it leech out its ammonia. Do water changes for about a month or when it stops leeching. Afterward, let the water dry completely and then put the dry aquasoil in the tank.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 04:03 AM
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Alright thank you for the suggestion Vincent Tran, I will order my Aquasoil tonight and start that process when it arrives.
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