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Ada Amazonia In Established Tank

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by erebos, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. erebos

    erebos New Member

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    I'm planning on swapping out my Black Diamond blast sand substrate for ADA Amazonia in my 1 year old cycled and planted 10 gallon tank. I've searched the forums/online but can't fine a solid answer on the best way to do this. The most common options I've come across are:

    1) Swap substrate add zeolite/carbon and do 2x week large water changes until stabilized. Leave fish/shrimp in tank.

    2) Soak AS in a separate tank/container for a few weeks until ammonia leaching calms down, then do the swap as normal like step above.

    3) Rehouse fish/shrimp, swap substrate and basically recycle tank for a few weeks before adding livestock back

    I'd like to avoid option 3 if I can. Would option 1 or 2 work for me in this situation?
     
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    bshenanagins Junior Poster

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    I think #2 would be safest as #1 your taking a gamble on the effectiveness of your biological filtration. AS could quickly overwhelm the established bacteria even with water changes. I wouldn’t risk your livestock for a new substrate.
     
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    OK awesome, thank you so much!
     
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