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Aquasoil II?

Does anyone have any experience with the new Aquasoil II? Does it solve the dirty water problem? I'm going to go with Aquasoil or Eco-Complete and if the new Aquasoil II solves the cloudiness problem then there is a clear winner. Any first hand experience out there?
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I have it, no cloudy problems here.

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I haven't tried II but I recently bought some leftovers of regular and powder type and have hard So Cal water and didn't get cloudy water *shrug*

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Does anyone have any experience with the new Aquasoil II? Does it solve the dirty water problem? I'm going to go with Aquasoil or Eco-Complete and if the new Aquasoil II solves the cloudiness problem then there is a clear winner. Any first hand experience out there?
I have it on my new 250 liters tank.
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Hey jencheung, this might be a shot in the dark, but did you ever work for a company called ophedge investment services?

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Sorry to disappoint - I never worked for Ophedge Investment Services. There must be more than one of me floatin' around =)...
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Does Aquasoil II release as much ammonia as the first type?

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as for AS, no matter which version will still cloud the water with the bacterial bloom and yellowish tint (for the amazonias). the tint will go off as the tank matures and the bacterial bloom will only last a few days.

If its the debri your worried about, it usually goes off within a day, even faster if your filter has those very fine filter cloth. and it wont get stired up unless theres a really big change to the flora (initial planting and/or massive rescapes.
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Does Aquasoil II release as much ammonia as the first type?
not sure of the amount, but i'm quite certain it still does.

afterall, the ammonia would have been a feast for the bacteria during the initial setup. making it an advantage of using AS.
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I'm using the Amazonia II in my CRS tank. When I first set it up I noitced an ammonia spike, but I never had a problem with cloudy water. I am, however, using RO water. So far, I really like the stuff.

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I've used Amazonia II on 2 tanks, on my 40g Long, and also when I upgraded it to ADA 120-P. Both times I did not see any ammonia spike -- due to using a LOT of mulm from a previous tank, and lots of fast growing stem plants.

I, however, still played safe and not added any fish or inverts during the first week. Heck my 120-P, which is a month old now, still has no fish LOL, but that's just laziness on my part

EDIT: On 2nd thought, I just remembered that I also have Amazonia II on 2 other tanks, both low-light 15g. These did register ammonia on the test kits, if I remember correctly up to 2ppm. I however did not use any mulm to "seed" the tanks, so it's an expected result.
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i use ada as II in a ~2.5g nano, and after 2 months of cycling it is just now reading 0 on my nitrite test kit.


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If you're thinking about buying regular Aquasoil and are worried about cloudiness issues, buy a pack of purigen for your filter.

Literally went from 3 inches of visibility to absolute clarity in two days. Once I took the packet of purigen out, my tank was still clear and has been for a month.

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Purigen does wonders when used to get rid of the "nasties" from using AquaSoil... I would highly recommend using it everytime you setup a tank using AquaSoil.

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but I never had a problem with cloudy water.
Never had encountered this even with version I or II
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