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Slowly switching over to ADA Aquasoil without removing fish?

So I know ADA has a problem with leeching ammonia into the water. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to slowly switch over my substrate in my 120 and keep the fish in there. Like put in 1-2 bags of ADA now and then in another week or two add another 1-2. If I have a high plant load and mature filter would I be able to keep the ammonia low enough to not harm my fish?
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This does not seem feasible.

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Sound's feasible to me though depending on what fish you have. Be daring! Try it
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The way that I understand is that AS lowers the PH to the point that ammonia is non toxic. I think its toxic at higher PH. I would suggest you remove the fish for at least a day or so and then add them back in


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I put four bags (9 liter) in my 90 G over a three day period - 2 each time - just poured it in slow at first, then pretty fast actually.. I left all my fish in. Only fear was I might have buried a Kuhuli loach??

Safest thing to do is to add some Ammocarb or zeolite to a media bag ( a good quantity). It will nuetralize the NH4 and you can later remove it or just keep it as media - like the Eheim syntered glass or Rena ceramic rings. I didn't have any problems with any fish this way. But be ready for some tea colored water. Activated carbon helps that bigtime. And some folks put in some crushed coral to keep the pH up at first. I guess that depends on your fish species. I also met a guy who put in a bit Seachem Onyx sand to flatten things out - but that seems a little counter productive to the AS qualities.





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ok well I have been soaking the 4.5 bags of ADA in a 55gal trash can for almost 2 weeks and been changing as much water as possible every day. I figure on sunday I will switch over. I have SO many plants (most of them rotalla and watersprite) to the point they are taking almost all the swimming space from the fish so they should eat up that ammonia
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