May you share the other brands that hold? I'm interested!There are several varieties of Akadama that hold up under water, based upon experiences others have shared in various shrimp forums. Double Red Line just appears to hold up the best. It's hit or miss on buffering, however.
It became popular with European and Asian shrimpers because it's cheap and typically available at bonsai shops. In the United States, it's no more affordable than other products that buffer water for extended periods of time unless you can buy it down the street and carry it home. Azoo Plant Grower Bed, for instance, buffers longer and costs not much more.
Nothing looks quite like Akadama, though, not even the lighter ADA products. It's a really great aesthetic in shrimp tanks. I love to use the smaller grain as an accent substrate instead of sand.
I think that what Jake is trying to get at here is that any akadama should do -- akadama is akadama (it all comes from the same sunken, bogged down forests in Japan and is fired/"cooked" in different ways depending on brand). So, if you get any akadama from any bonsai shop, it will do its job in your shrimp tank, and should last a decent amount of time with a negligibly small, overrated gap between it and DRL akadama. Of course the guys selling the DRL akadama are going to give you the impression that the difference in how long they last will be very large.May you share the other brands that hold? I'm interested!
From what I understand, this type does not have the same thing that is in DRL and it break down faster. I personally never used it before. That is what I got from website. I also want to know it they are the same. Are you going to try it? Please do let us know.I just got these two bags from my Bonsai store and he mentioned it is a red line. Not sure if it is going to work for shrimp tank. The soil looks and feel like DRL. It is very hard.
Have anybody uses this type of Akadama soil before? Good or bad?
Yes, I am planning to try it on my 20G L with only Akadama (fine type) and another 20G L with half Akadama (Med type) and half ADA Aqua soil Amazonia.From what I understand, this type does not have the same thing that is in DRL and it break down faster. I personally never used it before. That is what I got from website. I also want to know it they are the same. Are you going to try it? Please do let us know.