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I bought some of the Cal Aqua Labs - Black Earth Premium over a year ago and had planned on doing a rescape on another tank, but life got in the way and it's been sitting in 2 big 60L containers with water in them, all the ammonia has leeched out as I was doing water changes on it very early on, but it's been in those containers for over 12months, my question is, is it safe to use at all or should I get more or move to ADA?

I've noticed that less and less shops are selling Cal Aqua.

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Hi All,


I bought some of the Cal Aqua Labs - Black Earth Premium over a year ago and had planned on doing a rescape on another tank, but life got in the way and it's been sitting in 2 big 60L containers with water in them, all the ammonia has leeched out as I was doing water changes on it very early on, but it's been in those containers for over 12months, my question is, is it safe to use at all or should I get more or move to ADA?

I've noticed that less and less shops are selling Cal Aqua.

Thanks!
I am not specifically familiar with this substrate but its just aquasoil. Whether its in an aquarium or a bucket its the same. There is nothing wrong with it and it will work just like any other aged aquasoil. Meaning it will grow plants if you add fertilizer to the water column like you should in any tank that is 6+ months old.


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I am not specifically familiar with this substrate but its just aquasoil. Whether its in an aquarium or a bucket its the same. There is nothing wrong with it and it will work just like any other aged aquasoil. Meaning it will grow plants if you add fertilizer to the water column like you should in any tank that is 6+ months old.

Thank you! Guess there is no harm in trying it, I will just have to watch the water parameters. Just thought would be easier with newer substrate.
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