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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-08-2007, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Rinsing ADA Amazonia Aquasoil

I've searched and searched - and I'm not finding a real good answer on this one.

I just got a 3 liter bag of this yesterday. I know you're supposed to rinse it somewhat (I've read about the amonia/ph problems with people who do not), but how much are you supposed to rinse it?

Does rinsing it till it runs clear negate the positive properties of the substrate (the reason you buy it)?!?

I rinsed it quite a bit - a lot really, and yet when I filled my (thankfully small) tank and let it set for 24 hours, it still looks like a muddy stream.

So hopefully this thread will help people searching on the terms I did (Aquasoil Rinse) find good answers!

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I had a lot of ada soil with brown algae and try rising it with plenty of water but it seem to do nothing, rising it ruins the ada soil, all I had left was mud. Leave your soil as it is!!
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I just got a 3 liter bag of this yesterday. I know you're supposed to rinse it somewhat (I've read about the amonia/ph problems with people who do not), but how much are you supposed to rinse it?
The ammonia/ph problems are why most people buy the substrate. It is loaded with nutrients and lowers water hardness. I don't think rinsing it will negate these effects.
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I rinsed it a bit and then realized I likely shouldn't be - and stopped.

But man - mud city! I'm going to have to drain the tank and try filling again. I did try to fill as gently as possible (small plate and all).

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I had a lot of ada soil with brown algae and try rising it with plenty of water but it seem to do nothing, rising it ruins the ada soil, all I had left was mud. Leave your soil as it is!!
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I definitely have very hard water (well water). I've got to break in my newly aquired testing materials to see exactly what's up. Water straight from the tap, water 24 hours, and water from the tank.

Time to learn.

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The ammonia/ph problems are why most people buy the substrate. It is loaded with nutrients and lowers water hardness. I don't think rinsing it will negate these effects.
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Do not rinse it (it will turn to mud). i recently put some in my 10 gallon tank . all i did was remove the fish and lower the water level then i poured in the Aqua soil then i put a styrofoam plate then filled up the tank and tested the ammo and it was very high so i did a 50 % water change then filled it up andd added fish with no problems also i have a low ph (6.7) and i haven't seen any decrease in it yet.

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That explains that then. I likely rinsed it enough to "turn it to mud".

I'm doing about an 80% water change (no occupants yet).

Thank you!

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You're welcome also the catelog that came with it has lots of info in it lol next time read the directions

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ADA recommends carbon to take out the cloudiness made from the aquasoil. I personally did not have any cloudiness without rinsing it. Of course when I disturb it now it gets pretty cloudy but clears in a few hours.


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I did read the bag a bit.

I also took the advice I read on our little ole forum here to rinse it a bit. Question becomes, how much?

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You're welcome also the catelog that came with it has lots of info in it lol next time read the directions
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I'm using a Turtle 501 mini-cannister (cool little setup) with carbon in it, so that's good news.

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ADA recommends carbon to take out the cloudiness made from the aquasoil. I personally did not have any cloudiness without rinsing it. Of course when I disturb it now it gets pretty cloudy but clears in a few hours.
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hows the flow on that canister filter ?

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I think it's a bit much for a 5.5 gallon tank (just my opinion). I know someone here mentioned that the flow is adjustable - but I haven't found it yet if it is. So I'll be searching for that next.

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hows the flow on that canister filter ?
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oh ok i was thinking of using it on my 10 gallon to get more equipment out of the tank

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I believe the little pamplet contained in the bag of aquasoil states that you should not wash it . . . and even so I have never had any clouding affects from aquasoil.


Although there are rare "bad bags" out there . . .
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