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ADA Aquasoil Alternatives?

Discussion in 'Substrate' started by John N., Jan 19, 2017.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all, I don't know about where you all are from, in the USA ADA Aquasoil is hard to come by. I personally like ADA Aquasoil because of its look, ease of planting, pH lowering properties and nutrient packet nuggets. Looking for something similar.

    Any good ADA Aquasoil alternatives?

    -John N.
     
  2. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Lots of other options, however, price per volume isn't that much different for commercial stuff.

    Controsoil

    Fluval Stratum

    Aquavitro Aquasolum

    UpAqua's soil (can't recall the name)

    Cheap alternatives with great CEC, but little nutrients: Akadama bonsai soil, or DIY it with basic common cat litter.

    All I can think of off the top of my head.
     
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  3. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It hasn't arrived yet, but I have ordered SL -Aquasoil from discobee.com. I was recommended it by fellow hobbyists because I want to have a heavily planted Crystal Red Shrimp tank. They said it doesn't have as much of an ammonia spike as the ADA brand, but it still does cycle your setup for you. I liked it that there was a fine grain option available. It was $40 shipped for an 8 liter bag. I will share my experience once I have my tank set up. Hope you find something you like soon!
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy is this the product you are referring to?



    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy

    Keep us updated on that Substrate please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Will do, but now I'm trying to find a different aquarium (I'm too scared to use Co2 in the Edge now), so it may be a few months before I actually set things up...I did order some Eriocaulon ratonagiriuni seeds from Ebay which should be here any time between 1/30 & 2/20. I will be sprouting these in the SL-Aqua Soil as soon as they arrive, as they can take up to 40 days to sprout, so I'll let you all know how this soil does in that endeavor probably prior to having the tank going. Ugh. I'm too excited for this extra wait time!
     
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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I have replied to you other post re the new tank set up.

    The longer you wait I can guarantee it will be worth it.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  9. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Look what the mailman brought me today! :D
     

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Wendy
    What quantity did you get all together?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I just got the 8 liter bag. I'll have to order more if I get the 2o"x20" set up.
     
  12. keithgh

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    Wendy after you have done the mock tank you will see very quickly if you want that little extra mounds etc.
    Having one bag you will be able to see the exact depth it will cover.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. DeepScape

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    Im looking at Fluval Stratum because its not supposed to need cycling - then topping that off with Pisces Iron Sand
     
  14. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Are you setting up a new tank, or switching out the substrate on an established display?
     
  15. DeepScape

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    Im Switching to a new tank, my current and new tank have sumps, Ive been cycling a couple of ehiem canisters to assist in the transfer if needed. (they were a gift from a friend who gave up his tanks due to other commitments and have cost plenty just to get them going)
    My current sump used to be a marine reef tank - converted it to freshwater

    My current tank has a size 2-4 mm black pebble approx 10cm deep - I dont vacuum my substrate so my crypts do well, there is plenty of humus in it approx 2cm down[​IMG]
     
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  16. Wendy1B

    Wendy1B Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Your Corydoras are adorable! Are they Sterbiis? I am setting up a brand new system that will need to be cycled, so I wanted to go with a substrate which will do that for me so I don't have to put any fish through that stress. If I had an established display, I'd avoid ADA Aquasoil and the SL-Aquasoil because of the Amonia spike initially. I've heard good things about the Fluval Shrimp Stratum. I think you'll be happy with that choice :).
     
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  17. keithgh

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    Wendy the only way I know of starting a new tank with out Cycling is using substrate, water, filters directly from an active tank.

    ADA tanks can take a little longer because of the big water changes at first. On average it can take from 3-4 days to several weeks every thing depends what Bio Starter you use.

    I have used a product (that must be stored in a refrigerator) that can cycle a tank 2-3 days easily. Using plenty of cheap leafy plants helps. Its the old story "What's the hurry" you are going to have the tank for years do every thing right at first and there should not be any concerns.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Yes they are sterbai's they are a pretty active little fish
     
  19. DeepScape

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    If I was only answerable to myself then time would not be an issue ;);)
     
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