Nick16 said:thats a lovely tank, if you were to put something like some blxya japonica in front of your stems but behind the HC, it would look stunning. Its amazing what akadama and dosing the water column can do.
It's great to hear back from people who have success with Akadama.zigur said:Hello James!
I would like to thank you that you introduced me the akadama. I started to rescpae my tank because of your journal, and it was a very big help to me when I rescaped my tank. the outcome is unbelievable, my plants have never been so healthy and beautiful. here's a picture of my tank, this is my acknowledgement for you.
To be honest I wouldn't bother treating the Akadama and just do plenty of water changes in the initial weeks. When I did mine I overdid the amounts used and found it more hassle than it was worth. If your local tap water is hard then just soak it in this for a few days if you want. Many people have used it straight with no reported problems that I have heard of. Remember that Akadama has been around for yonks before I stumbled across it and it has always just been used straight. If you still wish to pretreat though then use about a quarter of the amounts that I used. Calcium sulphate is probably the best thing to use as calcium carbonate is virtually insoluble.Egmel said:Hi all, just ordered 28L of this and I'm looking to pre-treat it.
My theory is that I'll do a week long soak in ferts and calcium carbonate (will this be ok?) then a week of daily water changes in a trug bucket.
Any idea on how much I'll need to use of everything?
James used the following for 3 bags.
120g Calcium carbonate
105g Magnesium sulphate
30g Potassium sulphate
So shall I just go for ~2/3 quantities?
Yes it's still very useable and is still in my tank. The effect on GH and KH only happens in the first few weeks of use. After then it seems to have little effect that I've noticed.thefrench said:And how is the akadama more than a year later ?
Is it still useable and does it have still effect on the kH/gH ?
Sorry for my English ! And I don't know if you use the abreviations gh and kh...
Thanks James, the reason I was going to soak it in advance was to reduce the need to do the water changes on the tank. This strip down will be coinciding with my new house purchase/move and (sod's law) the submission deadline of my PhD thesis so I wanted to make it as painless as possible. The tank is at my sister's with me currently and she'll let me leave it there for about a week after the house goes through and I move out, but anything more will probably be pushing it.JamesC said:To be honest I wouldn't bother treating the Akadama and just do plenty of water changes in the initial weeks. <snip/> Remember that Akadama has been around for yonks before I stumbled across it and it has always just been used straight. <snip/>Egmel said:
JamesC said:It's great to hear back from people who have success with Akadama.