ADA Amazonia Aquasoil Review

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ADA Amazonia Aquasoil Description

ADA Amazonia Aquasoil is a premium organic freshwater aquarium substrate made from baked soil granules. This substrate lowers pH and KH, creating the ideal environment for aquatic plants and many types of fish and dwarf shrimp. Aqua Soil Amazonia granules maintain their shape and density while making accessible rich humic acids and other beneficial organics that stimulate root growth and a healthy substrate micro ecosystem. Each 9 liter bag is approximately 17-19 pounds–this amount is suitable for a 10 to 15 gallon aquarium.


It’s nothing like the 90’s where we used to cover the ground with bright color substrate.ADA New Amazonia Aquasoil creates a dark contrast to your aquarium which makes your red cherry shrimp or any vibrant shrimp pop. I have to say, once you fill that tank for the first time with your plants buried into the substrate – you definitely see the dark brown that Amazonia has to show.


Does it work? Well of course, plants suck nutrients from these granules and grow. Also shrimp love picking and cleaning through ADA amazonia  like a kid playing in a plastic ball-pen. Now you won’t see much of a difference in growing quality with substrates like Fluval Stratum compared to ADA Amazonia because all-in-all, they do the same thing. It’s more of an a visual and name brand compared to the other competitors when you are buying ADA amazonia aquasoil.


ADA Amazonia typically exhaust its nutrients within just over a year or so, making you rely on liquid dosing if you are trying to grow aquatic plants in it. My tank is actually approaching year 2 and I don’t see any stunt in growth with this substrate. This could be from me just liquid dosing throughout the life of my substrate.

pH buffer

If you are looking to lower your pH, ADA Amazonia Aquasoil definitely does help bring that number down. Recommended substrate depth is about 1-3 inches (25-75 mm) to create a good buffer on pH levels. This is all depending on how big the footprint is for your aquarium. There is an useful comparison chart from the different ADA substrates and the difference of PH buffering they do to a sample tap water.  ADA amazonia aquasoil bringing down the pH by .8 and the Amazonia aquasoil II (new) bumps it down another .4 on the pH scale. This is great for more sensitive types of shrimp like crystal red shrimp.

Ammonia Spikes

ADA Amazonia Aquasoil substrate tends to leech ammonia when first introduced. There has been plenty of horror stories of people adding this substrate and their shrimp or fish were dead the next day. This is a precaution with any major changes you do to your aquarium – even though the initial ammonia spike happened to me, I made sure my fish & shrimp weren’t in the aquarium while beneficial bacteria started to break down the ammonia in the nitrogen cycle process.


“My tank water was completely brown and mucky right after I filled it!” This is usually what I hear and read about all the time. ADA Amazonia Aquasoil is a substrate that, once filled with water, will release all that micro debris and cloud up your aquarium for a few hours. Your best bet to prevent this from happening is to wash all your substrate in a container before adding it into your tank.


Aqua Design Amano is a name brand – when you buy their product, you’re realistically buying the Rolls Royce of the aquatic world. With Amazonia Aquasoil, prices definitely vary from supply and demand. It can be anywhere from $30-50 per 9 liters for a bag of this stuff and that doesn’t even include shipping, where eco-complete is almost half the price. I’ve used eco-complete recently and for the price, the roots of foreground plants have a very hard time sending out runners.

If you are looking for the name brand and a sure thing, ADA amazonia aquasoil might be your substrate. Check out below for the best places to buy your ADA aquasoil:

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