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post #46 of 103 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 03:56 PM
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Im glad to find this thread, im thinking to give it a shot for my 24x24 cube crs tank. from above post, ill need around 8 bags?do i need a layer of eco complete o the bottom?
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post #47 of 103 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 10:27 PM
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This soil is great I added it to two of my tanks straight from the bag no effect on my shrimps ( SSS & oebt )
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post #48 of 103 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 06:44 PM
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bought mine off amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/U-P-Aqua-D-550...ywords=up+aqua

They are out of stock now though
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I'm curious about the long term effects of this soil. Someone please report back after 12 months of use. Thanks.

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I've had a full bag in my 6G edge on my desk for about 6-8 months now. i just pulled a couple pieces out and still as hard as the day i put them in.
i dont see any sediment from them breaking down over time like most other soils do.
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I've had a full bag in my 6G edge on my desk for about 6-8 months now. i just pulled a couple pieces out and still as hard as the day i put them in.
i dont see any sediment from them breaking down over time like most other soils do.
What's your Ph after 6-8 months?

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Mine has been holding steady well below 6 pH for ten months.
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What's your Ph after 6-8 months?
no idea.

My 6G Edge started day 1 with Up Aqua Shrimp Sand, RO rematerialized water, and pile of xmas moss. About 3 days later I added 10 fire red with no issues. Many months later there is upwards of 100ish shrimp in there. I do 0 maintenance on this tank other then topping off with RO.
The temp is anywhere between 70-77 depending on if I remember to turn on the heater when I'm in the office. I've never tested the PH in any of my shrimp tanks, nor do I plan to. The shrimp will always tell you if there is anything wrong long before you'd know by spending 10mins every couple days testing.
I don't want to waste my time or $ on testing. If you do things "correct" then you won't have to test anything. If the shrimp are breading and colorful then you know things are good, if not then a big water change will most likely correct a lot issues.

(this my experience, which isn't typical, seems there are a lot of different ways to do the same thing on this forum)

I love this soil other then the price, this is what keeps me from using it on my larger tanks.

$20 for the small bag makes $40 for the big bags of AS sound cheap.

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Mine has been holding steady well below 6 pH for ten months.
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post #54 of 103 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 10:21 PM
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Rinsing off my up aqua as we speak lol.
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Rinsing off my up aqua as we speak lol.
You're not supposed to rinse it...think it says it right on the bag. I didn't rinse mine and had no issues.
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post #57 of 103 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 10:10 PM
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Just bought 3 bags off amazon! Topping off eco-complete with ugf. Tank is moderately planted and started with a little over 20 CRS mixed, S+, SS, SSS.

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post #58 of 103 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 02:54 PM
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UP aqua sand is AWESOME!!! I originally had 3 inches of eco-complete and use RO water and buffered a reading of 6.8 ph. I put in 2 of 3 bags of UP aqua sand and over night my ph buffered down to 6.4 ish. My shrimp are going crazy. They usually hide and aren't as active, but they're in the open and owning the tank! The sand does look pretty cool and the shrimp colors seems to pop more against the sand. I am a fan!

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Re: UP Aqua Shrimp Sand

I have the micro version of this product in one of my crystal tanks. The shrimp love it. I find it very attractive, too.

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