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04-21-2013 08:31 AM
Jester946 Still dealing with this. Still showing Ammonium, shrimp are fine, still..and eating as usual, and being active. Nitrite spiked to .50 for some reason, today was WC change anyways on the EI schedule. So I did a solid 50% WC and all is well, except for the Ammonium reading. Not sure what else to do, I have tried adding "mulm" from my other established tanks..and just waiting it out. Also added some seachem stability to hopefully help.
04-15-2013 05:49 PM
Jester946 And I've gone backwards. My tank isn't showing Ammonia, but it is showing 4ppm for Ammonium.

I haven't lost any fish, and water changes have nearly zero effect on the reading. I pulled all the fish anyways, the gobies were returned, and the Badi's were moved to my quarantine tank.

Funny enough? My shrimp are just fine...infact, I have more berried than ever before.
04-12-2013 02:52 PM
Jester946 Well, my readings finally went normal.
The ammonia at one point leeched to 5 or so, and nitrites were up at in the 3-4 range, along with nitrates. After two days, all gone.
04-07-2013 03:36 PM
somewhatshocked Jester: It's not necessary.

meppitech: That will depend upon the parameters of your source water and various other tank-specific parameters. Some members have Aquasoil that they've been using for years and years. On average, I've had mine last at least 3-4 years before there's any noticeable difference in buffering my RO/DI water in shrimp tanks. But that's with older products. The newer Amazonia seems to be much higher quality.

All that said, I can't imagine not having the itch to change up a tank's scape after 2-3 years. A year is about all I have in me until I want something new.
04-07-2013 07:38 AM
Jester946
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Originally Posted by Assassynation View Post
Poking would also work, I have a layer of Amazonia Powder on top of the Amazonia Regular and I to would have to poke to release the bubbles.
Why again is this necessary?
04-07-2013 05:30 AM
Assassynation Poking would also work, I have a layer of Amazonia Powder on top of the Amazonia Regular and I to would have to poke to release the bubbles.
04-07-2013 03:04 AM
meppitech After three years, what is the soil buffering your ph to?
04-07-2013 01:01 AM
Jester946

04-06-2013 08:42 PM
chew
New tank with ADA substrate questions

You can do the daily changes but it wears out the buffer and gets rid of some of the nutrients it leeches. Best thing I did for mine was just 50% change when ammonia got over 4ppm and I only had to change it 3 times during the cycle
04-06-2013 04:50 PM
Jester946 http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=168992&page=7

ASmazing thread.

So I did an ammonia test today, mind you, yesterday I did two 50% WC.

Of course, I freaked when I thought my Ammonia was at 8.0...it really was 4.0

So I did three 30% WC, and it's back down to .50

Going to do 50% WC daily as Frank suggests, and let nature take it's course.
04-06-2013 03:55 PM
genomer
Re: New tank with ADA substrate questions

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This is why i am so unsure. Three months of leeching and then you have to do it all over again a year later to replace the soil when the buffering capability wears out. Jeez!
I've been using the same aquasoil over and over in different escapes for 3+ years. It does not need replacing on a yearly basis...so don't fret.
04-06-2013 03:21 PM
Jester946
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My CRS tank (6gal edge) was leaching ammonia for 2 months. After I introduced my RCS breeding colony a few days later, I had an ammonia spike in the middle of the night, and wiped them out. Be sure to lightly stir the soil a little bit to help release the bubbles. I haven't read anything saying ADA Amazonia is only good for a year either. You can look through my thread down there.
Anytime I stir, the water turns black....

And yes, I did release some bubbles when I was planting it...

What is a good method to get the bubbles out, other than stiring? Poking?
04-06-2013 06:53 AM
Assassynation My CRS tank (6gal edge) was leaching ammonia for 2 months. After I introduced my RCS breeding colony a few days later, I had an ammonia spike in the middle of the night, and wiped them out. Be sure to lightly stir the soil a little bit to help release the bubbles. I haven't read anything saying ADA Amazonia is only good for a year either. You can look through my thread down there.
04-06-2013 04:07 AM
Jester946
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Originally Posted by GeToChKn View Post
time from on it leeching ammonia is 2-4 weeks using a under gravel filter and 4-12 weeks using a regular filter. Doing massive water changes won't make it happen faster, it will just wear the buffer out quicker. The soil is loaded with ammonia and leeches out and that's that with the soil.
Thanks for the information. I finished planting it today, and added the one rock I wanted to add covered in moss. This stirred the substrate and went from Tea to black again. I did two 50% water changes, and those will be the last water changes until the ammonia stops leaching.
04-06-2013 04:05 AM
meppitech This is why i am so unsure. Three months of leeching and then you have to do it all over again a year later to replace the soil when the buffering capability wears out. Jeez!
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