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Does aquasoil have living things in it?

I was woundering about aquasoil. Lately I wanted to create some pure tanks which has nothing in it but what I want. So no little worms, not mini rams snails, and no planeria.

So I am starting clean. Clean bleached filters, dry tanks, and dried substate.

But does aquasoil come dried? Or is it wet? If it is moist, does it have little worms in it or other living things?

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It's dry, but it's fairly soft, so there is some degree of moisture content.

Once in the aquarium it will be susceptible to billions of organisms.
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No what I mean is that is there any things in it before its even in the tanks. Bacteria doesn't count. More like worms and such.

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Nope, just twigs. Are there any marketed substrates that come with fauna? Wouldn't that be an environmental hazard?
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Nope, just twigs. Are there any marketed substrates that come with fauna? Wouldn't that be an environmental hazard?
Eco complete comes wet with bacteria. AS does have moisture in it straight out of the bag, but it dries quickly.

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when I first added aquasoil to my small aquarium I found some little plants sprouting. but after a week it was dead. if you have the money for aquasoil I would suggest buying it, plants just seem to grow so much better in it.
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No worms, but don't be surprised if random plants start growing out of it.

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Actually, after setting up two tanks with ADA AS II, I noticed what looked like little white tiny fleas around the 2 week mark. They mainly remained confined to the tank walls. I did a Google search, and the closest I could find was that they were related to daphnia. When I first noticed this with the first tank that I set up, I figured they probably came with the plants. But I also noticed them with the second Aquasoil tank that I set up and the fact that I have set up other tanks with different substrates(pool filter sand, schultz aquatic soil, and fluorite) and never noticed them made me suspect that they hatched from the Aquasoil. They literally disappeared at about the 4 week mark without any intervention on my part. I don't believe they were/are harmful.
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Actually, after setting up two tanks with ADA AS II, I noticed what looked like little white tiny fleas around the 2 week mark. They mainly remained confined to the tank walls. I did a Google search, and the closest I could find was that they were related to daphnia. When I first noticed this with the first tank that I set up, I figured they probably came with the plants. But I also noticed them with the second Aquasoil tank that I set up and the fact that I have set up other tanks with different substrates(pool filter sand, schultz aquatic soil, and fluorite) and never noticed them made me suspect that they hatched from the Aquasoil. They literally disappeared at about the 4 week mark without any intervention on my part. I don't believe they were/are harmful.
Yeah, I just noticed these in my 30c this week, but I have seen them in this tank before, when I had a sand substrate, but they couldn't have carried over I don't think because the tank was cleaned and dried for a few days between scapes.

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Thanks I want to try what I call as pure tanks. Im gonna try to make a tank with no hitchhikers. Trying to hard to get rid of everything else.

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Would you consider fluorite?
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I already have flourite. I have tried for a long time where I have been cutting corners and trying to save money here and there. Now I'm left with less than stellar results. So I'm gonna try again and this time I'm gonna make it right.

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you can bake your AS to kill off any organisms, I guess.


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My tank is literally storming with little tiny worms and some odd looking white things with tenticles. The "white things" grow somewhat like a plant and are stuck to my plants and glass but the worms are all over the place. Sometimes my HC seems as though they're dancing. Currently I have only 1 Oto with 25 shrimp in this tank. Does anyone know if these organisms are safe, and what can I do to control these worms other than tossing in fish that may also eat my shrimp?

BTW I'm using ADA AS as well. This is my 10g tank.


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the white things are probably hydra.
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