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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 02:53 AM
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Is two months really necessary? Are we talking time to quit leaching? Or time to develope bio film?

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Depends upon the tank. Usually takes 4-6 weeks.
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I like two months because it gives time for bio film to grow, and it takes longer in lower ph. Which Amazonia will lower your ph a good amount.... It takes my 7.1 tap gh 2 kh 1 to 5.2 with. 1 1/2". Deep substrate at 3" it goes to 4.6

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I moved over to Amazonia ii just recently from using clay aquasoil (turface) with peat moss layered in between to keep PH low. I left my
tank for a month, checking the ammonia levels, doing water changes etc.

I finally tried a few low grade shrimps in it to see how they would handle it and all were fine after a week, so I put my Taiwans in there. To date I have 4 of my females berried (that's all the females I have, the rest are too young) and I have new babies that were born in a breeder box attached to the tank, now living and growing good in this tank, so something works.

I don't check my TDS only ammonia and PH levels and use RO/Tap water.
My plants are growing crazy in this tank, more so that ever before and I have no CO2 on this one or high light, but my mosses are thick and lush.

I have at least 40 Taiwans in there.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 11:55 AM
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The ammonia leeching varies on how you change your water... Mine takes 4 weeks because I do 100% water change (declhorinated tap) in the first week, every two days in the second week and so on... (although) this method shorten the life of aquasoil a bit. A better way to leech out the ammonia is either plant a bunch of plants in the beginning or use RO water to do water change (really wasting RO water). That way you won't shorten the life of aquasoil too much during the ammonia leeching.
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New Amazonia leeches longer than the old stuff. Take your time and do a full 2 month cycle like most people suggest.

After the first month your ammonia might test zero, however the soil won't be fully leeched yet. Your tank will have enough BB to convert the ammonia, however if you keep on testing Nitrates you'll see that value continue to creep up from the small amount of ammonia being converted and still leeching from the soil. Only after another month or so you'll stabilize at both zero ammonia and zero nitrate which is where you want to be.

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