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Upgrading tank...Aquasoil questions

I currently have a 10g planted with 6 liters of Aquasoil I in it. I want to upgrade my tank to a 20 long, but I know I'll need more substrate to fill that tank. The ADA website has 9 liters under the Aquasoil column for a 20g tank, but it also has 1 3L. Does this mean I'd need a 9L bag plus a 3L for a 20 long? That seems like alot to me, but I know I'll be adding over a foot of length.

I'd like to buy the least substrate that I can, as I'm on a tight budget and am shifting tanks around. Would another 3L bag be enough (total of 9L)? I'm wanting to hear from people that have 20 longs with Aquasoil, hopefully, to see how much they used. I'm planning on having a majority of the substrate planted with HC or Glosso, so I'll only need about an inch to an inch and a half for the majority of it.

How much more should I get?

Also, I know by moving the Aquasoil over and adding new that I'll have some ammonia leaching going on. Will a cycled filter with Purigen help enough so that I can put the fish and shrimp in the tank right away after the swap?

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Purigen will not remove ammonia.

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Ahh....I thought I read that on the label....I didn't pay that much attention to it though, obviously.

The filter on the 10g is cycled, but I'll be using an Aquaclear 50 (cycled on a 55g) on the 20g. I am hoping that it will help with any ammonia leaching.

When moving Aquasoil, what do ya'll usually do? Do you wait on adding fish and shrimp? Do you just do a ton of water changes after moving the fish? I have a ton of stem plants that should help as well, but I know disturbing the AS causes ammonia to leach........

I know I'm probably causing myself alot of trouble by moving the Aquasoil, but its something I need to do.

Any other help/advice would be appreciated.

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Uhh, "Purigen™ controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing nitrogenous organic waste that would otherwise release these harmful compounds."

-From the Seachem website...

With the cycled filter, substrate, and as much water from the 10 you can transfer, you should be able to just put the fish right in.

I would put the fish in a bucket with a bubbler until the substrate has settled.
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If I were you, I'd be safe and buy a 9L bag. It's not too much more and it's better you buy the 9L and have extra than buy a 3L and then buy another 3 L xD
You should wait for someone with a 20l first though.
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