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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Does this stuff need to be washed first? Also if I don't wash it can I put in my shrimp right away or should I let it run under the filter first for a few days.
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No you dont wash the ADA products. Though make sure you fill very slowly as to not cloud the water too bad. As for adding the shrimp right awayId get the tank cycled before doing that, sounds kind of risky adding the shrimp in right away like that.

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Do not wash either products before you put it in. Fill it slowly like xtorted said, but the tank won't be ready for any fish or shrimp int he first few weeks. It leaks ammonia and requires water changes to keep it down for the first bit. After the ammonia is gone, it's then safe.
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Use plenty of ammonia removing chemicals and deffinately do as the others have already said and perform frequent water changes!
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I'd skip the chemicals and just do the water changes.


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Skip both the chemicals and water changes. Just plant it heavily early on.

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Ok thanks for the tips. Right now I have water in there from an RO. I have a filter that I have been running in another tank so the media is cycled. I have a cycled spong, and a cycled bio wheel. I'll be putting in a couple more cycled sponges, and doing a 50% WC today using water from a cycled tank. I have quit a few plants growing in another tank that i'll be adding in tomorrow so hopefully by thursday I can introduce the shrimp.
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More plants=> less NH4.
More water changes=> less NH4
Adding activated carbonZeolite, purigen etc=> less NH4

I've seldom had any issues with ADA AS.
I do not like the Ps personally and have no need for it.
Osmocoat and a dusting ground peat does a similar thing and is not as messy if you chose to add ferts to the base.

I recently tried this out and it it's every bit if not better than PS.


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I was growing a little concerned about the NH4 spike after reading this and similar posts, as I'm looking to upgrade from a 20H to a 25g tank w/ADA AS and move the 4 otto's over. I guess in order to ensure survival of any fish or shrimp(or at least help), as Tom and others are saying, plant heavily from the beginning and do frequent water changes. By frequent, I'm assuming every day or two for the first couple weeks and then back off to once a week or as needed.

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