AS Amazonia II

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by swackett, 22 Jul 2008.

  1. swackett

    swackett Member

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    Has anyone used Amazonia II substrate that could give me a few hints on how to plant in it ??

    It's just that the stuff compresses down when I plant meaning its hard to keep the plant stems in after you let go without backfilling which is a little hard in small/quiet dense planted areas.

    I've been using it in a new setup now for 3 weeks, I've read it leaches NH4, does anyone know how long it does this as I still seem to have algae growing off the substrate :?

    (Maybe I have a bad batch of it as people do seem to like it on here.)

    Any help appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. Wolfenrook

    Wolfenrook Member

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    I am pretty sure that it's AS Amazonia that a lot of folks on here like, not the Amazonia II.

    The only plant substrate I have is Eco-complete, however regarding the planting I would suggest using tweezers to plant rather than your fingers. It works in very fine play sand so I am sure it will work in Amazonia II.

    Ade
     
  3. swackett

    swackett Member

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    Hi,

    Yeah I use tweezers, however as you push the stem in the soil just compresses and when you let go of the plant it just floats up - It's really annoying :twisted:
     
  4. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Sounds like you might not have the substrate deep enough? how deep is it?
     
  5. swackett

    swackett Member

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    Hi Dan,

    about 5cm at the front and 10cm at the back.

    Steve
     
  6. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

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    I find planting tweesers help a lot. The only problems I ever have are with the fact that my Crinums roots have spread so far and bound the AS together. When I plant in these areas I have to jiggle the AS back to fill the hole and secure the stem. Not a major problem, but I don't have Amazonia II but the original version.
     
  7. TDI-line

    TDI-line Member

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    I've been using tweezers on my Amazonia, but did find that 5 cm depth was not enough, and 8 cm + depth held my stems much better. But i am an Aqua soil newbie. ;)

    Also i've used Amazonia 1 + 2, there is no visbile difference between them, except for there own unique properties.
     
  8. swackett

    swackett Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Going back to my original post, does anyone know how long it will leach for? Looking at a recent topic by Jonny70 am I right in assuming it will for at least 6 weeks ??? :eek:

    Cheers
     

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