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NEW!!! Cal Aqua Labs Black Earth Soil Substrate

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Just found this on http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.com forum

Orlando has the prototype...

Here is the info he has so far...

This is quoted from Cal Aqua Labs below.

Special characteristics of Black Earth Premium:

1) Does not leach ammonia

Although Black Earth Premium is highly-fertile and rich in organic nutrients (it is formulated to contain similar or slightly more, organic content as ADA Amazonia), our unique production process locks the ammonia inside the substrate. This assures that most of the nutrients remain within the substrate for the plants, and not washed away by water. As a result, the substrate remains fertile longer. This also makes your aquarium less prone to algae outbreaks, as well as keeps the aquatic inhabitants safe and eliminates long cycle times.

2) Unique production process = durable granules that extend substrate lifetime + better preserved nutrients

CAL AQUA LABS developed a unique process for the production of Black Earth Premium that results in cohesive granules that are not brittle under prolonged submergence. As a result, they suffer significantly less brittle fractures and prolong the lifetime of the substrate. Our unique production process also better preserves the natural nutrients within the soil than conventional methods.

3) Polished, crystal clear water

Special ingredients blended into Black Earth Premium have the ability to capture and bind small colloidal particles in water. As a result, the substrate doubles as another biological and mechanical filtration unit with massive surface area. This results in amazingly polished, crystal clear water.

4) High density granules

The Black Earth Premium formula creates granules with high density (a 9 liter bag weighs approximately 19.8 lbs, and since our soil is shipped bone dry, thatís 19.8 lbs of ALL soil and no water). This translate to heavy granules holding down plants better.






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Has this been tested with shrimps?


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here is the link for the thread...(is it ok to link this?) http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.c...substrate.html

not much info yet. dont think its been tested.


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here is the link for the thread...(is it ok to link this?) http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.c...substrate.html

not much info yet. dont think its been tested.
yeah that's where i got the info...i'm not sure, it's a prototype so i guess they are still figuring things out with it, so no price or any other info yet.

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Hard to tell, they didn't release much info about it.

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I get nervous when I see that claim that the substrate can give you crystal clear water. Possibly if you use a UG or RFUG so the tank water flows through the substate, but I can't see any other way it can do that. And, that makes we wonder about the other claims.

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Looks the same as every other substrate available. Only question is will it have nutrients or not? And how much will it cost? If it's nutrient rich and cheaper than everything else I'll be interested. Otherwise I'll stick to Fluval Stratum because I can get it locally...
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The substrate has been in its testing phase for a couple years now in AU and Asia. While most all soil substrates look the same, they are not all created equal.

Cal Aqua Labs formula is nutrient rich as well as mildly acidic. As for the water clarity, this is what soil substrate manufacturers bark about after the tank is filled, compared to other soils which cloud the water from day one. Not much to do with water filtration, just after the tank is filled and while the tank matures. its not so messy.

Cost on the bags is yet to be determined. Up Aqua Soil and Cal Aqua Labs substrate are the only nutrient rich substrates out of a commercial bag beside Amazonia that come rich organic nutrients.

Azoo,Fluval and a list of others are Volcanic Ash based with no organic nutrient content. This is what sets Amazonia, Up Aqua and Cal Aqua labs in a class of there own. Apples and Oranges.


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If you need help testing i can do that for you.Every order was perfect


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I just saw a post from Cal Aqua's facebook page that this is now available. but no pricing so far...
It looks very promising. Could be a great alternative to Aquasoil and possibly more readly available if its produced in the states.

http://www.calaqualabs.com/BEP.html


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Damn shame they could not get on the ball with this sooner, I went with another company for my 55g. I even PM'ed Orlando to see how it was going and the response was Cal Aqua Labs substrate is in its protype phase, it likley has a long road ahead before its available. and this was just last week!

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If it's US made it better be way cheaper than ADA or I'm not going to touch it. Not only do they not have to pay for overseas shipping for what's essentially dirt but also they don't have to get the soil shipment permits.

In other words. It better be comparable in price to fluorite or I'll just buy more ADA and more Fluval...
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