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pejerrey 05-07-2012 02:52 PM

Almighty Akadama Double Red Line Pimp Club
 
http://img.tapatalk.com/4c66c3a2-15cb-d38b.jpg

Just for fun!
Some of us believe is the ultimate soil for shrimp tanks. Some of us will never have it as its banned from the USA. Some of us will look into ways of keep a stash.

Post pics of your tank with akadama!
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kamikazi 05-07-2012 06:45 PM

why is it banned in the US?

pejerrey 05-08-2012 01:35 AM

USDA found organic matter.
:(

somewhatshocked 05-08-2012 02:19 AM

It's not "banned" and this isn't permanent.

The USDA requires that the manufacturer reduce organic matter to be in compliance with U.S> regulations and get their documentation together.

We can't do vendor reviews, so I can't name the woman who had her shipments turned back because she and the manufacturer lied on their customs forms (knowingly falsified information and then admitted it on a Bonsai forum) about the product being pumice instead of actual clay/dirt/soil. But once that's cleared up with the USDA/customs (I called just last week to verify and posted about it here on the forum, as I'm doing a large import of another substrate this week)? Then it'll be okay to bring it back into the states. And a few retailers here and there at other ports of entry are still able to bring it in in smaller quantities at this moment (I bought some just a couple weeks ago in Flagstaff that was imported a week after the alleged "ban"). It's just hit or miss, unfortunately.

pejerrey 05-08-2012 02:40 AM

That is great news!

somewhatshocked 05-08-2012 03:08 AM

Well, it'll be great news once they get all their ducks in a row! :)

kamikazi 05-08-2012 03:29 AM

"organic matter" sounds dubious...

RandomMan 05-08-2012 03:41 AM

I just got some last week.

mordalphus 05-08-2012 03:46 AM

Organic matter is the friendly way of putting it. Hah! Mine had pine seeds, pine needles, roots, small twigs, a dead beetle. They need to change their production method before it can come into the USA again. Now we have to wait and see if they are willing to do all the changes just to get it approved again.

aweeby 05-08-2012 03:59 AM

mordalphus, you have some interesting things in your akadama.

I've only had little roots. but then again, I don't line all my tanks with 5 inches of substrate.

to get back on track with the op, here's my 5.5g in dsm 2 weeks ago. I can't wait to fill this thing! Thoughts of the impending algae bloom is quickly bringing me back to earth though.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7...b902f55c71.jpg

mordalphus 05-08-2012 04:09 AM

Oh man, with my akadama I got the WORST diatom outbreak, followed quickly by a GSA outbreak. It's all over with now though. The first month after flood is killer though, haha

aweeby 05-08-2012 04:26 AM

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Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 1852556)
Oh man, with my akadama I got the WORST diatom outbreak, followed quickly by a GSA outbreak. It's all over with now though. The first month after flood is killer though, haha


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can't. wait.

i think that was just an excuse to use a gif.

pejerrey 05-08-2012 05:43 AM

I'm not gonna be able to keep track of all of you akadamsters, everybody is member # 1! Wassup with that? Huh?

That tank looks nice man!

.. I found an ancient spearhead, a japanese shrimp fossil and tons of floating old bamboo.

http://img.tapatalk.com/4c66c3a2-b39f-c7ec.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/4c66c3a2-b3a9-c363.jpg

:)

somewhatshocked 05-08-2012 01:20 PM

Precisely.

If they don't want to change their collection and packaging method, it looks like it may have to be irradiated in order to be imported without hassle. Which shouldn't alter costs too much.

My last few bags of super small grain all contained large chunks of quartz and roots the size of carrots.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 1852520)
Organic matter is the friendly way of putting it. Hah! Mine had pine seeds, pine needles, roots, small twigs, a dead beetle. They need to change their production method before it can come into the USA again. Now we have to wait and see if they are willing to do all the changes just to get it approved again.


pejerrey 05-08-2012 03:30 PM

I was joking previously of course but I did get all kinds of floating plant matter. Like at least one full fish net!


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