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aqua soil question

well im going to be getting some soon and i was wondering if the powersand is necessary and what does the powersand do anyway

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Ive never used it, and my tank has been fine. The purpose can be either a cosmetic preference for a smaller grain, or a supposed inclusion of extra things that may or may not be good for your tank. That being said, i love me some AS.

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Powersand is not necessary, but it is recommended by ADA. It colonizes bacteria in the substrate, aiding plant growth. I just got a bag of Powersand Special with some Aqua Soil, going to be used on my 10G.
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A gentleman at my lfs (Which is the wonderful AquaForest in SF) recommended that the powersand be used under thick areas of substrate, esp in larger tanks. Likely for the reason TRFjason recommended above.

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thanks for the info!

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Sorry to hijack this thread, but since we are on the topic of ADA aquasoil questions, can someone tell me if there is any beneft to getting the more expensive Amazonian II aquasoil powder over just the regular Amazonian II soil.

I may be tearing one of my 10 gallon tanks and redoing it with ADA aquasoil Amazonian II for experimental purposes.

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I use ADA Amazonia soild without power sand in my 15 gal and plants are growing fine.
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Sorry to hijack this thread, but since we are on the topic of ADA aquasoil questions, can someone tell me if there is any beneft to getting the more expensive Amazonian II aquasoil powder over just the regular Amazonian II soil.

I may be tearing one of my 10 gallon tanks and redoing it with ADA aquasoil Amazonian II for experimental purposes.

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The initial set up is much less of a PITA. The duration of ammonia and other organics leeching out of the soil is much less problematic both in terms of duration (2 weeks compared to 5 weeks IME) and severity ( with the regular I literally could not see at all, whereas with "type II" it was only a slight cloudiness to the water column)...hope this helps. I would def. go with Type II...much better in terms of set up, but not substantially different over time, AS of anytime is far superior IMHO than anything out there (except at initial set up).


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Thanks for the clarification styxx, much appreciated. My delivery of AquaSoil Amazonian II soil just arrived. I will be tearing down a fluorite based 10 gallon to test it. Lol, no more space in my home to put up any new tanks.
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no problem! Good luck...if you're have some patience you will be very happy with it I'm sure!


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I had the water running for like 2 weeks before my Aquasoil finally arrived .. I put the soil in the 14th and had been changing water for like once a day since then .. The water look kinda clear with just a hint of cloudiness in there and the water should be well cycled since I seeded the water with the water from the other tank. My question here is when is it ready for some crystal red shrimps ? The KH is low in the 30ish, the ph is around 6.2-6.3 and the GH is around 50ppm. I have some plants in the tank and would like to raise the ph to around 6.5. Is there a way to do this without increasing the hardness of the water ? Please advise
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What are your ammonia and nitrite readings? Don't mess with the ph, it is fine where it is.
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What are your ammonia and nitrite readings? Don't mess with the ph, it is fine where it is.
Those have the reading of zero
I am just worry about the ph not being at 6.5 or may be I am just worry too much .. and the kh is kinda low .. or are they ok just the way they are now ?

My tap water is moderate soft but I used 1/3 RO water with 2/3 tap water anyway and those are my reading ..

Also .. is it ok for me to put in a piece of driftwood or will it even lower my ph ??

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Not sure if this is a right place to ask but I have another tank use eco-complete as the gravel base and somehow the ecocomplete buffer my water to HARD while the KH and PH still in the low like the reading in the aquasoil tank .. even if I keep doing water change with 100% RO water, the water is still HARD with the same kh/ph readin .. so my question here: Is the ecocomplete raise the water to HARD ? or is it something wrong with my reading ??
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Powersand is not necessary, but it is recommended by ADA. It colonizes bacteria in the substrate, aiding plant growth. I just got a bag of Powersand Special with some Aqua Soil, going to be used on my 10G.
Did you mail order the AS from the States? I can't find any AS in Toronto or Canada for the matter.
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