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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Mulm and new Aquasoil

I am changing my substrate to Aquasoil this week. I just drained my tank, removed the old substrate and have 2 buckets containing quite a bit of mulm. I need opinions - Should I add this as a base layer under the Aquasoil or is it unnecessary?
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I'd say it can only help, not hurt. I'd drain most of the water and just use the mulm though, personally.





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i think adding some mulm will speed up your cycling procees!
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I'm going through the same thing. I decided to use the mulm that was left over and think its helping. I'm coming up on 2 weeks since the change and my ammonia today was .25.

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mulm will help, it contains beneficial bacteria

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I recommend it unless you recently had any fish illnesses.
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Just an update....................

As I said, I started mine with a nice layer of mulm underneath the aquasoil and now in 2 weeks time I have had 0 ammonia for 2 days.

First week----50% water changes every day

Second week----50% water changes every other day

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Good deal!

Out of curiousity, what were your nitrites and nitrates running, before and after water changes (if you tested those?)





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Good deal!

Out of curiousity, what were your nitrites and nitrates running, before and after water changes (if you tested those?)
Sorry but I didn't test them. I was worried about the ammonia because of what I have read about aquasoil. Seems as though every experience people have with this stuff is different and it varies greatly from bag to bag.

Maybe I got lucky?

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wow sounds like it helped a lot.
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I didn't have a lot (enough for a very light dusting) when I first put in my AS, but my tank cycled in about 18 days. I also kept my filter dirty during the cycle process.
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