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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2020, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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ADA Amazonia in Established Tank

I'm planning on swapping out my Black Diamond blast sand substrate for ADA Amazonia Aqua Soil in my 1 year old cycled and planted 10 gallon tank. I've come across conflicting info on the best way to handle this change. Here's the most common options I found mentioned:


1) Swap substrate add zeolite/carbon and do 2x week large water changes until stabilized. Leave fish/shrimp in tank.

2) Soak AS in a separate tank/container for a few weeks until ammonia leaching calms down, then do the swap as normal like step above.

3) Rehouse fish/shrimp, swap substrate and basically recycle tank for a few weeks before adding livestock back


I'd like to avoid option 3 if possible, would option 1 or 2 work for this situation?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2020, 11:58 PM
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My gut tells me to basically "cycle" the Ada stuff in a separate tank.

Can't picture anything good coming out of replacing an inert soil w/ an active one in a working tank even considering it is dirty and not as inert as it was originally was.

Oh and add calcium to the soil cycle though others should verify this thought.

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Unfortunately option 3 is the most secure way to go.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2020, 03:41 AM
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That stuff leaches ammonia like crazy for the first three weeks. Then it's great.

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