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ADA aquasoil Amazonia or ADA aquasoil Amazonia II?

My current substrate is 2in of pure eco complete. pH 7.2. KH...No idea. I have yet to begun the next level of aquatic plants...now I'm going to give in to grow hard/advance plants. I currently own the high tech from the NPK(tom barr's esti. index;50% WC every week)3.5 wpg, pressurized co2. So my main question comes now.

What are the pros and cons of these two? And which would you definitely prefer? It seems to me regular amazonia is good to lower pH, grows plants well. Part II looks like it actually lowers pH, and KH which is a little more important aspect to grow advance plants (erio and tonina's) than pH;and it grows plants well. I believe I have a pH of 7.6 out of tap, then 7.2 from pressurized co2 after wards after a period of time.
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Avoid Amazonia II. It's not as durable and might break down over time (I speak from experience). Regular Amazonia is your best bet -- Fantastic stuff! Both products will lower hardness.

http://www.adgshop.com/Aqua_Soil_Amazonia_p/104-021.htm

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tml#post385692


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Then amazonia.
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I was about to get amazonia II as well, but after reading around a lot, I saw people saying that they're the same and more complaints were on II, so I said to myself "Okay, definately more positives on the amazonia I, can't go by number".

Since I originally thought that I < II...which is typical, which isn't a really good way to think of things.

Got amazonia I as well.
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so is the consensus still amazonia I? ADA claims amazonia II is better for base water pH higher than 7.0, and i have about 7.6-7.8. am i still better off going with I?
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My vote is for ADA AS I.
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and what is Power Sand? does that help?
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and what is Power Sand? does that help?
I find no large difference with it versus dosing EI w/ only ADA AS.
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Tom Barr has extensive experience with ADA Aquasoil his experience and observations would confirm what epicfish stated: it does not make any difference. Save your money as powersand is pricey and you are already paying an arm and a leg for the Aquasoil. You can also substitute some mulm underlayer instead of powersand and will likely get better results.
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I've read through some threads (I think with some long-time ADA-users over on AquascapingWorld.com?) that the powersand is sort of "quick-release" and gives a quick nutrient boost right at first.





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In the end, I actually bought Amazonia II...

Now two years and 4 months has passed...

Okay, it's starting to break down now somewhat... My 2213 eheim filter isn't enough to filter it out of my 60 gallon. It's been on-going for a week now. Any advice or tips to stop the cloudiness quick? I just cleaned the filter, it's motor, and the tubings like 2 weeks ago, it's not enough... water changes are also not enough.

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