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Old 03-03-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Borneowild Shrimp Substrate


Has anyone here ever tried it before? Another question, is it legal to bring this from a foreign country into the US? In VN, they are selling 8KG bags of this for 30$. That's 10-20$ less expensive than ADA. I've read that it doesn't leech ammonia too!
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:12 AM   #2
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Never even heard of it! Sounds interesting.
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Nope, you can't import soil without proper permits, inspections and documentation.

There are plenty of other products available in the US that accomplish the same thing.

Azoo Plant Grower bed, Mr. Aqua, UP Aqua, et al.
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Noooo! I'm going to have to stick to cycling amazonia then...
Is Mr.Aqua good quality like ADA, and doesn't leech ammonia?
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Noooo! I'm going to have to stick to cycling amazonia then...
Is Mr.Aqua good quality like ADA, and doesn't leech ammonia?
Brian since we are in the US the best bet we have is ADA. Second to that would be Akadama. This is referring to CRS and TB's. ADA takes forever to cycle I know but many members have used it with success. Akadama, at this moment, is impossible to find. Its like diamonds in terms of rarerity.
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Akadama is not an aquatic substrate. While many of us use it, it's not something that's consistent or stable. Buffering ability can last from a few weeks to a year or so. It can break down instantly (even the good stuff). It can cause wild parameter shifts. Definitely not something I would recommend for anyone new to shrimp. Especially when there are better, cheaper products available. (Feel free to use the search function to see all the horror stories and such)

Depending upon the size of your tank, both Azoo and UP Aqua products buffer well and last a long time. They're nearly as affordable for small tanks as ADA products are.
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Speaking about taking stuff to the US, can we at least take Borneowild shrimp food to the US?
I've never really researched about Mr.Aqua shrimp substrate and can't find any info on google, do you guys know how much they sell per bag? How much it cost? Or an easier way, a site with info? Thanks.
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Akadama is not an aquatic substrate. While many of us use it, it's not something that's consistent or stable. Buffering ability can last from a few weeks to a year or so. It can break down instantly (even the good stuff). It can cause wild parameter shifts. Definitely not something I would recommend for anyone new to shrimp. Especially when there are better, cheaper products available. (Feel free to use the search function to see all the horror stories and such)

Depending upon the size of your tank, both Azoo and UP Aqua products buffer well and last a long time. They're nearly as affordable for small tanks as ADA products are.

I'd never recommend akadama to anyone ever again. I'm in the middle of a huge tear down and rebuild of 16 tanks because of this "miracle soil". It works fine for a short period of time and then overnight everything changes. Definitely a death trap, now I have a giant bag of akadama I used for potting houseplants, hopefully it's good for that at least.
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You can buy BorneoWild foods from U.S. sellers. Many members here on the forum sell it. Check the For Sale section.

As far as information about soils, use the search function here on the forum. Tons of information. Azoo Plant Grower Bed would be a better option than Mr. Aqua, in terms of what you get for the price.

But since you're talking buffering substrates for shrimp tanks? You really should be "cycling" your tank for 4-6 weeks before putting expensive, sensitive shrimp in them, anyway. You'd be adding ammonia for an extended period of time with a non-ADA substrate. Which makes it a lot easier to just use ADA Aquasoil in the first place.

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Speaking about taking stuff to the US, can we at least take Borneowild shrimp food to the US?
I've never really researched about Mr.Aqua shrimp substrate and can't find any info on google, do you guys know how much they sell per bag? How much it cost? Or an easier way, a site with info? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:08 AM   #10
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Ok, I've narrowed down some substrates, I would like to ask you guys which is better for the price/quality for a 7.5G cube (planning to get 12" all measurements)
Azoo Plant Grower Bed - Has ammonia right?
ADA Amazonia- 40-50$ right?
Mr. Aqua - Does it have ammonia?
UP shrimp sand - No ammonia, kinda costly.
Fluval Shrimp Stratum - still considering, but might get a bad batch.
Which one would you guys get, if you were trying to meet my requirements?
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What shrimp are you trying to raise again?

I've bought 4 bags of Azoo before, brown and black, never leeched ammonia for me.
Though I forgot who had a different experience, a minuscule amount of ammonia....no where even close to ada like a fart in the wind type of deal.

I'd use that for anything Caridina related....till about TB level.....

Which I'd use ADA africana, less ammonia, and brown so that BKK's and pandas stand out....or else in amazonia those kinda get lost.
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What shrimp are you trying to raise again?
Another tank of CRS and CBS, my sister wants one. But I have to take care of it. -_-
But yea, she's paying me, to set it up. I don't have much though. :/
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:35 AM   #13
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Ok, so 1 for Azoo. Is 12LBs enough for a 12L" and 12W" cube?
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