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Cycle Amazonia Soil in one week in an established tank

I add some Amazonia Soil to my established 5G tank. My tank just went through the treatment of killing Spirogyra algae using API AlgaeFix. Since the tank had no live stock, I replace portion (about 1/4 area) of the Fluorite Dark substrate with Amazonia soil. I used about 1/5 of the 3L bag.

Day 1-2: Soak the Amazonia soil in a container, and replace water 2 twice a day
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Day 3: Remove portion of Fluorite Dark and replace with the soil
Day 4: Do a 50% water change. Test water: Ammonia: 0.5
Day 5-7: Do nothing
Day 8: Test water: Ammonia: 0, Nitrite: 0, Nitrate: below 10. Do a 50% water change
Day 9: Test water: Same result as Day 8. Add 2 young crystal red shrimps to see if they can survive.

Some info on the water parameter:
GH: 5 (R/O water remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH+)
KH: 0-1 (I added some aquavitro carbonate, before is 0)
PH: 6.4 (before light on) to 6.8 (after 7 hrs photo-period)
Temp: 74F
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After 24 hrs, those 2 shrimps seems doing okay. They hide more during the lights on, and come out after the light turns off.
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I understand what you did and not doubting your results, but why are you calling the thread "Cycle Amazonia Soil in one week"

Your took a 1/4 or so of your established tank and replaced it with AS. From the title it sounds like you simply cycled a tank in a week with AS.
The soil will continue to leach, but your established tank will probably take care of it especially with water changes.
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I changed the subject and make it more clear. It is a test, so others know how soon you can put live stock in after adding the ADA Amazonia soil. Setup like this can be as soon as 1 week. If for adding fish, maybe it just take a couple of days.
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