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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

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    Sadly, Ada turns to dust over time. Let's see if it settles down or I will have to remove & switch to gravel.

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    yes it will settle down but a little stirring will cloud the water again...

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    Yeah & I'm not sure if the ADA nutrients have already been used up, if yes..not much would grow or wont grow as goods a before

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjaypills55 View Post
    Sadly, Ada turns to dust over time. Let's see if it settles down or I will have to remove & switch to gravel.

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    Depends on the batch of ADA soil. Try and get from Sunpets, they order and replenish their soil for sale frequently.

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjaypills55 View Post
    Yeah & I'm not sure if the ADA nutrients have already been used up, if yes..not much would grow or wont grow as goods a before

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    Once you start seeing slow growth or algae on the hair grass means nutrients are already use up. 6-9 months tank setup with hair grass, HC, monte carlo always looks the best. That why people like Fishybusiness always setup their tank 3-4 months before ADA competition. They don't keep tanks like us, 2-3 years type, because they also don't know how to upkeep the tank once nutrients run out.

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Last time I clean the substrate using laundry bag. Siphon out to the laundry bag and rinse with tank water before put it back. I added DIY root tabs too to replenish the nutrition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torque6 View Post
    Once you start seeing slow growth or algae on the hair grass means nutrients are already use up. 6-9 months tank setup with hair grass, HC, monte carlo always looks the best. That why people like Fishybusiness always setup their tank 3-4 months before ADA competition. They don't keep tanks like us, 2-3 years type, because they also don't know how to upkeep the tank once nutrients run out.
    Right, that's why I was thinking of removing the ADA & getting new one, this time maybe regular ADA, powder type is even more expensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by gimhchng View Post
    Last time I clean the substrate using laundry bag. Siphon out to the laundry bag and rinse with tank water before put it back. I added DIY root tabs too to replenish the nutrition.
    Hi gimhchng,
    Did cleaning the dusty ADA work for you?
    I believe once ADA is used up it's almost inert, it wont help grow plants.
    Root tabs & fertilizers can help in growing plants

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjaypills55 View Post
    Hi gimhchng,
    Did cleaning the dusty ADA work for you?
    I believe once ADA is used up it's almost inert, it wont help grow plants.
    Root tabs & fertilizers can help in growing plants
    The one i clean was the normal ADA (larger granule), not the powder type. It works for me, but quite messy in the toilet when rinsing black dust/powder all over the place, you will lose some % of soil during the process too. Substrate usually have better CEC (Cation exchange capacity) that able to absorb nutrition from root tab and release it slowly. Reuse the soil save cost, but if its small tank, you may want to just buy new. Good article from Dennis for your reference too.
    https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...-overview.html

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by gimhchng View Post
    The one i clean was the normal ADA (larger granule), not the powder type. It works for me, but quite messy in the toilet when rinsing black dust/powder all over the place, you will lose some % of soil during the process too. Substrate usually have better CEC (Cation exchange capacity) that able to absorb nutrition from root tab and release it slowly. Reuse the soil save cost, but if its small tank, you may want to just buy new. Good article from Dennis for your reference too.
    https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...-overview.html
    Agree with Gimhchng, washing the ADA is going to be messy. Root tabs also won't work as well as a brand new bag of ADA.

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Here we go again!
    Restarting my tank with 9L of ADA. This time it is normal ADA. Powder costs much more.Saving costs..ha ha


    Hardscaping done. Used the branching wood I bought last week plus some drift wood that was in storage.

    Now plants
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    Got some HC, small nana & big grass. Hairgrass & other plants are from previous setup.

    It will be 2-3 weeks of Dry Start Method.
    My fishes are in a hospital tank, fishes will stay there until the tank is cycled & ready
    Now lot of waiting....

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjaypills55 View Post
    Here we go again!
    Restarting my tank with 9L of ADA. This time it is normal ADA. Powder costs much more.Saving costs..ha ha


    Hardscaping done. Used the branching wood I bought last week plus some drift wood that was in storage.

    Now plants
    .
    Got some HC, small nana & big grass. Hairgrass & other plants are from previous setup.

    It will be 2-3 weeks of Dry Start Method.
    My fishes are in a hospital tank, fishes will stay there until the tank is cycled & ready
    Now lot of waiting....

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    Actually can save more, the slope below just add cheap ceramic ring to give it height. UK planted forum, hobbyist use Seachem Matrix for leverage.

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    Re: 2Ft Hairgrass Tank

    9L ada sufficient for 2 ft tank with rocks to hold the slope, so no point adding other stuff. Let's just hope the plants grow well in the 3 weeks of dry scaping

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjaypills55 View Post
    9L ada sufficient for 2 ft tank with rocks to hold the slope, so no point adding other stuff. Let's just hope the plants grow well in the 3 weeks of dry scaping

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    Already 3rd rescape, more or less same concept. Smooth sailing all the way bro.

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