More fool me!
I purchased some ADA AquaSoil with the mind to whipping out the existing gravel substrate in my established tank (with fish & shrimp) & bunging my sparkly, gleaming new ADA AquaSoil substrate in.
One thread later on TFF, I find that this is NOT a good idea for the established tank because of ensuing 3 week ammonia spike! (A fact NOT mentioned when buying the stuff).
So, the question is: Is there a way of conditioning ADA AquaSoil so that it can go into an establsihed tank? My simplistic thinking leads me to just soaking it in a bucket of water for a month, performing (let's guess at 90%) weekly water changes, testing for levels of ammonia as I go. Once satisifed, bung it in!
But (and there's always a but in this hobby!), what if anything, am I effectively loosing by doing this and is it a worthy idea? BTW, I do not possess a quarantine tank.
Fianlly, if I really can't condition this stuff or otherwise use it, can anyone recommend a substrate that CAN be used in an establsihed tank?
Regards & TIA,