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ADA AquaSoil Questions?

1. If I place some of it in a filter bag inside of the filter, will it still have it's buffering effects and soften the water/lower pH?
2. Will the filter disperse some of the nutrients if I do this?
3. If I place it below the BioMax (in AC filter 30), will the bacteria be fast enough to consume the ammonia being leached when AquaSoil is first put in?

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1. Yes.
2. Yes, but the reason to use ADA AS is because of the large nutrient store *right next to the roots*. If you just put a small bag in a canister, I bet the nutrient benefit would be negligible.
3. No.
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I wonder...could using AS in a filter potentially stain the water?
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I wonder...could using AS in a filter potentially stain the water?
Possibly...depends on how high the flow rate is...AS isn't fragile but it isn't Flourite either...slight pressure will crush it into a powder so I'm concerned that over time it might break down in a high flow rate...


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What about compaction? I mean, it is clay...I can squash it between my fingers pretty easily, so I would imagine that after a while the increased flow might hasten its breakdown. There might be a risk over time, and if this did occur it would undoubtedly cause a serious reduction in flow.

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Im sure its the peat in AS that causes the lower PH and tannins. I think if you just put peat in the filter you will accomplish you task


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Im sure its the peat in AS that causes the lower PH and tannins. I think if you just put peat in the filter you will accomplish you task
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