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ADA AquaSoil Amazonia
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100% of reviewers $32.00 8.7




Description: Designed to create the image of Amazonia. Create an aquascape depicting the fertile South American rainforest with the dynamic alternation of rainy and dry seasons. Normal and Powder Type available.

AQUA SOIL SERIES
A high pH level (alkaline) of the substrate causes difficulties for aquatic plants in consuming nutrients. The Aqua Soil Series decreases the hardness of the water and lowers the PH level to the degree at which most aquatic plants can consume nutrients and comfortably grow. Aqua Soil granules maintain their shape and density for long periods underwater securing good circulation of water and oxygen through the substrate. With Aqua Soil, growing difficult plants such as Tonina sp. becomes easier, and it is ideal for fishes demanding soft water.

SPECIAL FEATURES :

1. Completely new substrate made from specially processed natural material from the earth.
2. Colloid particles capture dirt floating in the water, without any chemical treatment.
3. Gives clarity to the water and creates conditions ideal for healthy growth of aquatic plants.
4. Helps to lower the hardness level of the water.
5. Helps to bring the pH level of the water down to an ideal level for most of the aquatic plants.
6. Composed of granules of size and density ideal for the fast development of healthy plant root systems, rather conventional substrates such as sand.
7. Granules maintain their shape for a long period in water, holding air between them, which is vital for the long time maintenance of a planted aquarium.
8. Used with Power Sand stimulates the fast colonization of bacteria in the substrate and creates perfect conditions for plant root systems.
9. Most desirable pH level for most aquatic plants(ph 5.5 - 6.5) to develop their root systems.
10. Available in 3 types to suit your aquarium layout.



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John N.

Registered: December 2005
Posts: 4130
Review Date: Tue October 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $32.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lowers KH and pH, and grows plants well
Cons: Slight yellow water staining, that tappers off with water changes. Grains are easily crushable if you rescape alot.

ADA amazonia is a great substrate to grow plant in. Plants easily root into it because of it's softer clay material grains. On top of that, the nutrients released from the grains help get plants established, and this thereby helps prevent algae from coming. Healthy plants = less algae.

The only draw back I see is that it's not as widely available locally at the moment, but can be obtained via online order. The crushable grains are to be noted also, as you don't want to heavily rescape your tank too much because the grains will deteriorate and become mush, leaving the longevity and use of the substrate in question. I recommend this product if you are growing plants that need softer water and to lower the pH, and don't rescape very often.

-John N.
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tefsom85
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Registered: January 2007
Location: Chandler, Az
Posts: 125
Review Date: Fri April 6, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Nice looking substrate - plants grow well
Cons: If you disturb the AS, it clouds the water

I have AS in my 120G tank. I was very excited about it to begin with. When I got the soil, I put the soil in and gently added the water as per the directions - the water was very brown with lots of debris in it. For the first couple of weeks, I did major waterchanges about every 2-3 days to get the cloudiness to go away. It eventually did. The water has stayed clear since, except when I want to do any rearranging of the plants. When I disturb the AS, the water clouds back up and goes away after a couple of major water changes. I don't like this about it.

My summary is that it seems to grow plants very well... but if you disturb it be prepared for cloudy water. One note is that I don't think all batches of AS are like this - but my batch definitely is. Its a shame as I think it is a great substrate for plants.

On the upside, I bought from Jeff Senske at ADG and Jeff was very good to work with.

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brynnhilde
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 41
Review Date: Wed January 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent plant growth
Cons: Minimal rescaping recomended

I have 15 long I am using to test this product. Because of my hard water, Amazonia 2 works MUCH better as there is much less cloudiness. My eheim ecco 2232 clears the water within minutes!

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