|04-21-2013 07:31 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 04:49 PM|
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 01:52 PM|
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 02:36 PM|
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 06:38 AM|
|04-07-2013 04:30 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 02:04 AM|
|meppitech||After three years, what is the soil buffering your ph to?|
|04-07-2013 12:01 AM|
|04-06-2013 07:42 PM|
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 03:50 PM|
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 02:55 PM|
Re: New tank with ADA substrate questions
|04-06-2013 02:21 PM|
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 05:53 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 03:07 AM|
|04-06-2013 03:05 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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