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12-24-2012 05:55 PM
somewhatshocked Jeffww: That's probably the case. Though, if you were given a sample of it, it's possible the package had been opened or exposed to the elements and that could lead to quicker breakdown. If the bags aren't sealed up, moisture evaporates and such.
12-24-2012 04:24 PM
Jeffww When I tried a quart container from my lfs It almost disintigrated completely after a replanting or two. Maybe I got a bad sample?
12-24-2012 03:52 PM
somewhatshocked Azoo Plant Gower Bed doesn't turn to "mud" quickly. It's possible to get a bad batch, as it is with any soil product.

I've been using it for over a year with no issue. It doesn't buffer as strongly as ADA products and certainly doesn't contain the same type of nutrients but it's nice for shrimp.
12-24-2012 02:09 PM
UDGags Aquasoil is the best if you can afford it. ADG and AFA are about the same price once shipping is added in.

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12-24-2012 02:09 PM
jonathan I'm totally new to this. I know only from anecdotal evidence that Aquasoil must be the best. I've started to wonder in terms of nutrition though. The Aquasoil product description is not that much different from the Fluval Strathum. No solid mention of plant nutrition. Power Sand on the other hand does in fact mention nutritional value. Is Power Sand the real value ?

Any thoughts on that ?
12-24-2012 07:30 AM
Stinkmonky Don't mean to hijack but what if we throw inert capped mgocpm into the mix here
12-24-2012 07:18 AM
Jeffww
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Originally Posted by KFryman View Post
Somewhatshocked do you know how close Azoo's plant grower bed would come to aquasoil? I can see both, and but Azoo's would be easier to get.

It turns to mud rather readily.
12-24-2012 05:09 AM
Green_Flash none of the above?

shrimp soil!
12-24-2012 04:38 AM
KFryman Somewhatshocked do you know how close Azoo's plant grower bed would come to aquasoil? I can see both, and but Azoo's would be easier to get.
12-24-2012 04:23 AM
somewhatshocked There are definitely substrates that come close. Fluval Stratum is just not one that can be compared, in my opinion, in any way.

It's not a bad substrate but definitely isn't in the same league.

(I use and enjoy both, for the record)
12-24-2012 04:18 AM
leslieliang
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Hate to rain on the parade but there's really no comparison on any level. Not buffering, not plant nutrition, not durability.

If you can afford Aquasoil, get it.

Buffering: ADA wins that one and it'll last a couple years

Plant nutrition: Fluval Stratum contains next to nothing, so you'll have to use root tabs

Durability: Stratum breaks down much more easily than ADA
So you are saying nothing compares to ADA Aquasoil? I guess I'm sold if that's the case. Going to buy some right now!
12-24-2012 03:58 AM
somewhatshocked Hate to rain on the parade but there's really no comparison on any level. Not buffering, not plant nutrition, not durability.

If you can afford Aquasoil, get it.

Buffering: ADA wins that one and it'll last a couple years

Plant nutrition: Fluval Stratum contains next to nothing, so you'll have to use root tabs

Durability: Stratum breaks down much more easily than ADA
12-24-2012 03:25 AM
leslieliang
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Aquasoil all the way. IDK how much it weighs, but a 9L bag from here costs $30 + shipping:
http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=680
Shipping from this site kills it. From what I have seen so far, 9 liters = 21/22 pounds.
12-24-2012 03:22 AM
ThatGuyWithTheFish Aquasoil all the way. IDK how much it weighs, but a 9L bag from here costs $30 + shipping:
http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=680
12-24-2012 03:05 AM
Vincent Tran ADG is legit! $48 is a good price too.
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