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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question aqua soil

is aqua soil as good or better than eco complete for plants jw....
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Eco-Complete is inert and contains nothing for plants unless you add it. It has the ability to absorb and slowly release nutrients.

ADA Aquasoil comes loaded with nutrients, so you don't have to add anything to the substrate.

Both can go a long way toward healthy plants. Just depends upon your aesthetic preference, budget and such.


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how much aquasoil would i need and is there better kinds than others....i have eco complete right now and im not liking it to much
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Aquasoil is sold in bags by volume (liters). However big your tank is, multiply L*W*3 (for three inches - increase or decrease as you will). Then divide by 61. You want that many liters of Aquasoil.
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Aquasoil is sold in bags by volume (liters). However big your tank is, multiply L*W*3 (for three inches - increase or decrease as you will). Then divide by 61. You want that many liters of Aquasoil.
k thanks man do you know if there is any better type of aqua soil or is it just one?
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Most common is new amazonia but there are different types with different colors & such. http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...cPath=76_12_21 has a few of them. If you plan on putting it in an established tank with fish in it plan on a place to put them for around a month because most leech ammonia
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Most common is new amazonia but there are different types with different colors & such. http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...cPath=76_12_21 has a few of them. If you plan on putting it in an established tank with fish in it plan on a place to put them for around a month because most leech ammonia
the soil leeches ammonia?
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the soil leeches ammonia?
Yes it does. Certain kinds of Aquasoils leech for longer than others though. For example, I'm pretty sure that ADA Africana doesn't leech for nearly as long as New Amazonia, but it is less plant-oriented and looks slightly red...
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couldnt i just drop some ammonia tabs in that kills ammonia?
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You could. But it continues to release ammonia into your water column for an extended period of time.

It's actually a good thing, as it allows you to use that as your ammonia source to cycle your tank.


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could i just keep the aqua soil in a different tank for about a month and then move the soil to the tank i want?
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You can cycle the soil in a bucket if you want.

There's always the chance it's going to spur a mini-cycle when the soil is disturbed while being moved to your tank, though.


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Or just monitor your ammonia levels for the first couple months and do an occasional water change when necessary.

Or just heavily plant in the first place and not bother even checking for ammonia (most of us don't have the vision and/or funds to do this all at once, but it's an option).
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I suggest you start heavily planted with Amazonia, NO CRITTERS.

wait two months for it to cycle while you manicure your scape. Then test the water to see if you can add pets.

That is how I want to do it next.

One big thing is to make sure you know your light intensity vs co2. Otherwise you will have the classic newbie algae (too-much-light-not-enough-co2) mega bloom.

Do you know your light?



I know you have t5s, did you get new bulbs? What kind? Did you go led instead as you mentioned b4?

Is this for your 25gal?


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