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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Pre soaking aquasoil before adding to existing tank

hey guys so finally made up my mind and going to be adding more aquasoil to my tank so i was wondering what your guys thoughts are about pre soaking the aquasoil before adding it to the tank

large water changes eveyday maybe 100% wc everyday for a week

what are your thoughts on this?
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Is that in order to try and remove ammonia? And you're planning to put in a lot so that the current tank might not be able to handle the ammonia increase?

I'd guess as long as you don't smoosh the Aquasoil around it should be ok. I can't imagine why it won't be ok. You can test the water towards the end to see how much ammonia it's still leaching.

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Anyone care to add anything extra before i embark on this journey lol
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Why don't you just add a bottled bacteria culture and let it sit for a few days? That should cycle it so any leached ammonia instantly gets turned to nitrate.

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Why don't you just add a bottled bacteria culture and let it sit for a few days? That should cycle it so any leached ammonia instantly gets turned to nitrate.
I tried this with new aquasoil and cycled media + about half a bottle of some quickstart esque stuff and it didn't really help. took forever to cycle still. Granted I added ~25 lbs of amazonia, but man did it take forever


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Personally, I have had success in reducing ammonia readings by soaking aquasoil in an empty tank and changing out the water daily. All I did was fill enough water to cover the aquasoil. I did this for about a week.
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