Rescaping with Aqua Soil?

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    Hi all.
    Are there any issues with replanting/rescaping if you are using Aqua Soil as a substrate?
    I am very much a beginner and can see that I will be moving things around to learn about aquascaping and what looks good, but I don't want to waste the Aqua Soil if it is going to turn to mud or something like that.

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    Just be gentle when you move it around.

    Always do a big WC after re-scaping
     
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    Angus is 100% right. else you release lots of organics into your water column which can open you up to staghorn, cyano or even greenwater. those are just my experiences.
     
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    The issue is when dust settles on the leaves of the plants.. somehow it affects them, and they get algae.. do not know why exactly, just that it does. :)

    So careful moving of things, large WC after, and ensure that the plants are not covered with dust.
     
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    I agree with everything everyone else has already said...

    With regards to the dust causing algae - It is because the aquasoil dust has a lot of nutrients in it. Once the dust settles somewhere, it blocks the plant from getting light and creates an ideal spot for algae to grow. The plant cannot compete against the algae and the algae blooms. If dust settles, increase the flow in the tank, this should blow the dust off the plants and into your filter.

    Just be gentle with your aquasoil when you rescape. I prefer to drain the tank almost completely. Remove as much of the build up of dust out of your aquasoil using airline tubing to syphon carefully, without removing the aquasoil. That should help you.
     
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    that an s treat it like new AS wc every day
     
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    Is this 'dust' your refer to just finer ADA that has naturally broken down/decomposed and therefore immediately available and beneficial for your plants, so ideally should be kept ?
     
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    I never take the dust out.. I just ensure that it isn't on the plants.. flow, and airstone at night does the trick.. :)
     
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    Mostly it would be detritus that has gathered, but there is possibly a small amount of aquasoil.
     
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    Ok thanks, will be doing a recsape in the coming months, so need to work out how to handle and ideally re-use about five+ bags of ADA that is mixed but mainly on top of approximately 14 bags of Flourite and some Silica. The first bags of ADA have broken down quite a bit into dust it would seem, so difficult to work out what is ADA and what is detritus, well with my eyes anyway, lol...
     

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