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  • Monty1089
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    Originally posted by Sup3rFly View Post
    Stupid question - when starting over, what's the protocol for the filter, keep all same filter media or replace with new?
    Good job starting the tank again

    You will experience cloudiness again with the new substrate but that will be short lived and will clear quickly. Imagine the cloudiness sticks around for good lol.

    Good luck with the tank man

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  • kenplho
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    Originally posted by Rebel View Post
    @Kenphlo, Do you mean like this? How do you connect this up to the tank?

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/filter-n...-0510_p5090107


    Thanks.
    Yup that's the one. I just connected the intake of the powerhead (like this https://www.theaquariumshop.com.au/s...ead+800+L%2FHr) into one end of the micron filter, and then used a PVC end to plug up the other side. The whole thing just sits inside the tank since it's only a temp setup.

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  • Rebel
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    Keep it. Otherwise you need to re-cycle the tank and pay for the new media.

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  • Sup3rFly
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    Stupid question - when starting over, what's the protocol for the filter, keep all same filter media or replace with new?

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  • Rebel
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    @Kenphlo, Do you mean like this? How do you connect this up to the tank?

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/filter-n...-0510_p5090107


    Thanks.

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  • kenplho
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    Pulling up the scape in 2-3 years time is fine - all part of the hobby and you get to play with a new scape

    Btw, I wouldn't worry about getting every last bit of aquasoil out of the tank when you pull it apart (well, as much as you can). After you put the fresh substrate on and fill it up, just run some purigen to clear it up. Or, if you're feeling DIY, get a 5 micron water filter cartridge from Bunnings and run a powerhead through it to polish the water.

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  • Rebel
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    Originally posted by Sup3rFly View Post
    Just never Cal Aqua again
    Well I don't have a choice. I can't really sell it knowing the issues.

    Seachem fluorite black might also be good. Go for sand mixed with fluorite or ecocomplete etc with root tabs etc. Or the DIY soil mentioned by Kenphlo.

    I do like to have some aquasoil around though because it makes the system much more forgiving. If you are good with your dosing etc, it should be fine though.

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  • Sup3rFly
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    Originally posted by Rebel View Post
    Cal Aqua Black earth. I still have some very heavy packets in the garage from years ago. I don't do much carpeting these days though.

    I can confirm it breaks down especially if you handle it alot but within 2 years regardless. Maybe without shrimp it might be longer.
    Nope, never again will I touch that stuff haha! If I aim for 2 years then re-scape, I think I'd go with ADA. If I want something that lasts, leaning towards Black Diamond Blasting Sand and root tabs...so many choices.

    Just never Cal Aqua again

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  • Rebel
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    Cal Aqua Black earth. I still have some very heavy packets in the garage from years ago. I don't do much carpeting these days though.

    I can confirm it breaks down especially if you handle it alot but within 2 years regardless. Maybe without shrimp it might be longer.

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  • Sup3rFly
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    Originally posted by Rebel View Post
    You need to avoid any aquasoils if you want the guarantee of never breaking down. All of em will break down eventually. ADA amazonia 2 is pretty similar, I think they reduced some organic content or something. Ada africana is useless for nutrients though.
    What are you using Rebel? I've tried doing carpeting plants in eco-complete....never worked.

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  • Rebel
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    You need to avoid any aquasoils if you want the guarantee of never breaking down. All of em will break down eventually. ADA amazonia 2 is pretty similar, I think they reduced some organic content or something. Ada africana is useless for nutrients though.

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  • Sup3rFly
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    Originally posted by Rebel View Post
    I wouldn't bother with Fluval soils. Others are similar AFAIK.

    Except for Eco complete and maybe Flourite.
    Originally posted by kenplho View Post
    Yay I won something If only there's a prize...



    I'd stay away from Mr Aqua - for me it broke down even faster than ADA. Depends on how attached you are to Aquasoils - Eco complete will last the longest, but that's cos it's essentially just... rocks. Unless you're planning fairly fragile plants (which from your first photo doesn't seem to be the case), I'd suggest sand + fert tabs. I used a mix of sand, peat moss, vermiculite (for added CEC), some osmocote, and a tiny bit of B&B.
    I guess it's down to doing either sand with fert tabs or Oliver Knott range (heard good things) or ADA (just not sure which ADA though, Amazonia II any good or light?)
    Last edited by Sup3rFly; 26-05-20, 07:44 AM. Reason: wording

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  • kenplho
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    Originally posted by Sup3rFly View Post
    Thanks to everyone! For all your help and advice and for those who said it's the substrate, you win!
    Yay I won something If only there's a prize...

    Originally posted by Sup3rFly View Post
    Any stuff I should stay away from? I will likely do a carpeting plant again. ADA substrate is ADA substrata, every knows about it and uses it, likely the best?....but not overly sold on it. Heard good things about Mr Aqua Aquarium Soil too... (
    I'd stay away from Mr Aqua - for me it broke down even faster than ADA. Depends on how attached you are to Aquasoils - Eco complete will last the longest, but that's cos it's essentially just... rocks. Unless you're planning fairly fragile plants (which from your first photo doesn't seem to be the case), I'd suggest sand + fert tabs. I used a mix of sand, peat moss, vermiculite (for added CEC), some osmocote, and a tiny bit of B&B.

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  • Rebel
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    I wouldn't bother with Fluval soils. Others are similar AFAIK.

    Except for Eco complete and maybe Flourite.

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  • Sup3rFly
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    Originally posted by Rebel View Post
    Nice one!

    Consider 2TONED CO2 generating sub if you are not needing massive mountains of it.
    Any stuff I should stay away from? I will likely do a carpeting plant again. ADA substrate is ADA substrata, every knows about it and uses it, likely the best?....but not overly sold on it. Heard good things about Mr Aqua Aquarium Soil too...

    Wish we had access to Tropica here in Aus
    Last edited by Sup3rFly; 25-05-20, 03:41 PM.

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