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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeh, one more thing. Is there a use for the 1 year old akadama or is it just garbage?
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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 01:30 PM
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Use it for Bonsai, other house plants, keep it in an aquarium for Neo shrimp where you aren't too worried about buffering.

You could sell it on the For Sale section, honestly, and people will buy it just for the way it looks.
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Use it for Bonsai, other house plants, keep it in an aquarium for Neo shrimp where you aren't too worried about buffering.

You could sell it on the For Sale section, honestly, and people will buy it just for the way it looks.
Cool, that's not a bad idea. I'm sure someone out there will be looking for this stuff sooner or later.
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Any girl I bring to my apt already thinks I am a freak for having a tank in my livingroom and bedroom....now I'll have a random tank sitting next to my TV cycling. haha
Then you are dating the wrong girls (says the chick with tanks in her dining room, office, and kitchen).
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Then you are dating the wrong girls (says the chick with tanks in her dining room, office, and kitchen).
Well, if you're ever in Greenwich CT then you are more than welcomed to stop by. It would be nice to have someone actually know something about my shrimp tank instead of a girl saying "wow, those are nice lobsters"
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hedge_fund: Ever decide what to do with your old substrate?

I ask because I'm noticing a lot of hobbyists run into the same problem lately (not just Akadama, but substrate that's a year or two old and such). When you do decide, it may be a good idea to set up some sort of how-to post to show people what they can do with their used up substrate instead of tossing it out.
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hedge_fund: Ever decide what to do with your old substrate?

I ask because I'm noticing a lot of hobbyists run into the same problem lately (not just Akadama, but substrate that's a year or two old and such). When you do decide, it may be a good idea to set up some sort of how-to post to show people what they can do with their used up substrate instead of tossing it out.
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I use mine in bonsais and house plants to!

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post #23 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 05:40 AM
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I also use spent soil in my house plants and garden beds.

Akadama only lasted about 8 months for me before it lost its pH buffering. I use remineralised RO.

Easy to tell when it lost its life too... All of a sudden shrimp are dying, then I check pH and its 7 or higher, ouch.
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That's how I use mine.

Just thought it was a good idea to post something for those who constantly ask the questiona bout what to do with old substrate.
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hedge_fund: Ever decide what to do with your old substrate?

I ask because I'm noticing a lot of hobbyists run into the same problem lately (not just Akadama, but substrate that's a year or two old and such). When you do decide, it may be a good idea to set up some sort of how-to post to show people what they can do with their used up substrate instead of tossing it out.
That's a good idea....I'll eventually get to it when my new amazonia tank is done cycling and it's time to tear the old one down.
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This is a good way to catch out your shrimp without too much work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb_k2Wg9ayI
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Good in theory, but doesn't work worth a darn for many of us. And if it does catch shrimp, you have to be careful to get them out within a short time ot they die from oxygen deprivation.

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