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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2008, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Adding AquaSoil to existing tank

I've poked around the forum back to threads several years old, and couldn't really find what I was looking for.

I have a bag of Amazonia II just sort of sitting around. I used it to plant my 3g hex a while back, so I have like, 9lbs leftover, at least.

I kind of want to add this leftover stuff on top of the rather thin layer of Eco-Complete in one of my 20h. Issues I've read about are ammonia spikes.

So the questions are...

1) WILL it cause an ammonia spike?
2) Can I add it directly to the tank without emptying the water?

Or should I just tear the whole thing down, add the Aquasoil, and recycle the tank?

I'm leaning against the former simply because I don't really have room for any of the fish right now. I've got some empty 10g lying around but none of them are cycled.

Any advice?
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Yes AquaSoil will cause an ammonia spike- there's a significant amount of organic matter in it, this substrate must be given time to cycle.

You could cycle it all in one of the 10gal tanks (use some mulm and established filter media and do a fishless cycle) and then move it over to the other established tanks- that's what makes the most sense to me, anyways?





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In a heavily planted tank you probably won't notice any ammonia if you add a little at a time. If you do, just do a couple extra water changes that week.
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Just imagine the Aquasoil just melts while you pour it down.

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you'll need to empty the tank unless you like making your tank look like chocolate milk.

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