dam akadama

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by pike, 10 Nov 2009.

  1. pike

    pike Member

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    hello after reading james article on akadama i bought a bag same in make in the thread and decided to give it a good rinse the only problem it as turned back into clay totally crumbled away.luckily i'm in no rush to use and now need a replacement top dressing any recommendations please? hopeing to plant hc cuba. regards jon
     
  2. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    thats strange.had some in my tank since april with no problems :? .
    depends how much money you want to spend to cap it.could get sand or gavel.
    not sure its a good idea to still ues the akadama though.
     
  3. squiggley

    squiggley Member

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    I had the same problem

    Bought two bags at the same time, one bag crumble lightly when washed but had now started to deteriorate badly now 6 months late. The other bag perfectly fine, no sign of crumbling
     
  4. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    what type did you buy. you need the double red line stuff.
    i had akadama in a tank for about 6 months with no signs of crumbling etc.
     
  5. dsandson

    dsandson Member

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    I've had Akadama in a 180l for almost a year now. When initially washing it, if you were too vigourous then it would easily crumble away. A light touch was best. After a year and its still going strong. Perhaps you got a bad batch.

    Dave
     
  6. pike

    pike Member

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    on the bag it say's hard quality ,must be a bad batch it even crumbles if i squeeze it before it was soaked.in my moss tank i have aquaclay from ae and they are like bullets so i will get some for the 130ltr tank.regards jon
     

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