Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Morgan Hill, CA
Should I replace my AquaSoil after 7 years?
I just temporarily tore down my 46g while I paint the room it is in. I've been using AquaSoil Amazonia. It's been 7 years since I set it up, and the AS was only minimally cleaned during that time. I've rinsed it (it was really dirty). It seems to be in good shape, although I was surprised it still clouds the water.
I was wondering if there is any reason to replace it. I'm not looking for any of the benefits you get with AS during the 1st year. I guess I'm asking if there is any concern with AS this old, like it will start disintegration, or has very little long term nutrient value compared with other substrates. I don't want to spend $100+ just to get something that might be a little better.
I have a med-high light tank, DIY CO2, and mostly just low light plants (Anubias, Crypts, Aponogeton), and fertilize daily using the EI method. I've also used Flourite and Eco Complete in other smaller tanks I have. I'd likely go with one of those if I was going to dump the AS.