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I recently started selling Akadama. I figured I would set up a picture thread for everyone who has a tank setup so we can see how nice it looks.

I just started a 20 long with a mattenfilter and underground filter with an eheim 2211. Right now its cycling. Here are some crappy pictures, I'll get some more when I get it setup in its final location.






The left side(smaller side) will be for BTOE's that I got from Speedie, the right side will be for OEBT's.
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hmmm still thinking.


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hmmm still thinking.
Trust me, my pictures doesnt do it justice. Just wait until Speedie starts posting pictures. It looks pretty nice.
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Why is the BTOE side darker?


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Why is the BTOE side darker?
I believe that the light source is on the far right hand side. You can see the top right trim of the tank being cast as a shadow on the substrate about 8 inches in from the right.

This would mean that the sponge tank divider would cast a shadow fully across the smaller (left side) partition of the tank.

edit: or maybe he already wet the soil on that side.

Or maybe he used food coloring.
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I got my akadama in the mail from Colin on Saturday but I still haven't opened the box yet (been busy). I am strongly leaning towards using it as the 'base' layer in a UGF cube tank with aqua soil as the 'capping layer.' (UGF, Matrix, akadama, AS from bottom to top)

If I do I will be sure to take photos of it. I have all of the supplies and the UGF pipe system is 90% completed (I just need to pull the Eheim intake tube out to cut/shorten it so that the U part goes right over the rim of the Ebi I am using it in and also need to use channel locks to finish tightening the quick connect fitting to the threaded 90 degree elbow). I just can't find the time lately.
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Stuff is record expensive for what appears to be just an inert soil with high CEC ability. There are a significant amount of products on the market that do the same thing. Is there something that I am missing here?


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a lot of UGF setup lately, how do you guys keep them from getting clogged?

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a lot of UGF setup lately, how do you guys keep them from getting clogged?
By the substrate or by roots? With the pipe systems the root clogging is less of an issue and the tanks are usually shrimp tanks rather than heavily planted tanks anyways.

Burying the UGF pipe under another layer of substrate (or under glass/ceramic biomedia like Liam uses) that is less likely to break down is reported to help limit the substrate clogging and premature break-down of the substrate.
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Stuff is record expensive for what appears to be just an inert soil with high CEC ability. There are a significant amount of products on the market that do the same thing. Is there something that I am missing here?
Hm... I thought akadama also buffered the water column and lowered the pH?

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Hi diwu13,

I believe Gatekeeper was correct; most of the high CEC substrates I have used lowered the PH and KH.

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Why is the BTOE side darker?
It just a light casting a shadow.

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Stuff is record expensive for what appears to be just an inert soil with high CEC ability. There are a significant amount of products on the market that do the same thing. Is there something that I am missing here?
It pretty much does everything that aquasoil does but does not leach ammonia. Which in a shrimp tank is nice.
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I have been using Akadama for a few months now in some of my tanks, and about 2~ months now in a high tech set up. I opted the 2nd time not too rinse it and had 0 cloudiness when I filled it.

Thin layer of peat
I did a fine dusting, maybe 1/4th of an inch.


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roughly 2" in the front too 4" in the back from 1 bag of Akadama in a 20g long tank.



After a broken seal on the tank (had to take it down and bring it back too petsmart) and some rescaping this is what the tank looks like now.





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a lot of UGF setup lately, how do you guys keep them from getting clogged?
It's the best way for shrimp tanks. They are prevented from clogging by layering a layer of lava rocks or bio media matrix under the soil. UGF -> larger particle layer - > soil.

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Stuff is record expensive for what appears to be just an inert soil with high CEC ability. There are a significant amount of products on the market that do the same thing. Is there something that I am missing here?
Though akadama is at a record high, its cheaper than aqua soil and does the same thing. Only down side, IMO, is the color. I can't really think of anything cheaper than akadama as a substrate except for sand.
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