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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2008, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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ADA Aquasoil Life Expectency

I have 100% ADA Aquasoil of 3 inch layer over a thin layer of peat close to a year now.
I use 100% RO/DI water and dose the water column very heavily but since the last several months it seems that my plants are doing as well as they were when the Aquasoil was new.

Anyone have experience with this?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 08:48 PM
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Not personally but i have read people have had them set up for over 4 years and still going strong.


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Could be something very different (eg poor CO2).
You might consider deep vacuuming the AS and replanting in sections, say deep vac once a week and do say 1/4 of the tank each time.
Prune well and reslope etc.

Both of these will likely resolve any issue you have.


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I've seen people plant tanks using aquasoil "mud;" essentially old, deteriorated aquasoil that was so fine it formed a fairly stiff mud. This mud was packed in between rocks and used in one stunning Iwagumi tank...there's an article in the first issue of aquascaping world magazine that has more details. I'll try it once my aquasoil goes over the hill...

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I got some used aquasoil from a friend who's been using it for the past 2 years in an established tank. It's been sitting in a bucket (wet)for about a month now. I know it's pretty soft and muddy at this time. I'm about to dump it into a tank and start the cycling process to see how it holds up.

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Tom,
You got me thinking now.
I don't vacuum very often.
But I done it on the last water change.
I thought that crap would be healthy for the plants.
When you say poor CO2, what do you mean?
I'm using pressurized CO2 via a glass diffuser, so how do I know it is good or no good?

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