Power Sand is the base of the Nature Aquarium substrate. Power Sand is composed of porous volcanic stones to secure proper water circulation and of organic materials including fertile peat to provide rich nutrients to aquatic plant roots. Ideal conditions for bacterial activity and development of plant roots are created and maintained for long periods with Power Sand.
WATER CIRCULATION IN THE SUBSTRATE WITH POWER SAND
Water circulation. A new substrate has a good circulation of water which carries oxygen to stimulate bacterial activity and the development of plant roots. This is the ideal condition of substrate, in order to establish a balanced ecosystem. After some time, however, various factors may cause problems in the substrate.
Although problems would not appear at early stages, a substrate with only one kind of granule does not provide enough water circulation down to the bottom In a short time. Waste matters from plants and plant roots block the space between granules and obstruct the water circulation.
Water pressure. Some time after setup, water pressure or calcium in the water hardens the substrate. At this time, water circulation within the substrate is obstructed and bacterial activity declines. Such a condition causes problems in root development and growth of aquatic plants. The mixed substrate with Power Sand at the bottom secures good water circulation due to the shape and size of the granules. Even when aquatic plants have been growing for long periods and waste matter accumulates, Power Sand composed of porous volcanic stones maintains proper water circulation.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PLANT ROOTS AND BACTERIA WITHIN THE SUBSTRATE
Silt gathers around plant roots and provides a good medium for bacterial colonization. Proper functions of bacteria, through their nitrifying processes, change ammonia to nitrogen compounds which are then consumed by aquatic plants through their roots.
Oxygen- Sufficient supply of oxygen is vital for aerobic bacteria. Insufficient oxygen prompts the activity of anaerobic bacteria which produce toxic substances such as nitrous acid.
Nutrients in Power Sand- Nutrients contained in Power Sand are slowly dissolved and absorbed by plant roots.
Fertilizer in the substrate- Organic matter in Power Sand or other bottom fertilizers such as Multi Bottom or Iron Bottom, can be absorbed by aquatic plants, only when they are broken down to inorganic matter by bacteria.
Fertile peat- Works effectively to stimulate the establishment of association between bacteria and aquatic plants.
Use Power Sand "S" (small size granule) for aquariums up to 16 in. (40cm) heights.
Powder Sand Size Reference
Dennerle Crystal Quartz Gravel. Perfect bio-functionality and highly attractive as well.
Rounded grains protect bottom-dwelling fish.
ADA substrate additives are to be sprinkled on the bottom of the substrate layer, or on top of ADA Power Sand. These additives help to make a stable and healthy substrate in a newly freshwater planted aquarium setup.
Special re-packaging (different from picture shown) in pre-mixed set specifically designed for 1.5 - 2 ft freshwater planted aquarium setup comprised the following special formula:
AQUASHRIMP POWDER has been selected by Prodibio among numerous mineral compositions. Its balanced formula will allow healthy plant
growth and strong root development. AQUASHRIMP POWDER is ideal for shrimps and young shrimps. It is ready to use and does not need to be
rinsed. A high temperature treatment (around 1200°C/2192°F) gives AQUASHRIMP POWDER its physical properties and allows it to be free of
parasitic species which could contaminate the aquarium. The powder texture of AQUASRIMP SOIL is thin enough to avoid shrimp eggs to fall in
the soil, while allowing plants to grow their roots properly and porous enough to allow nitrifying bacteria to properly colonize the substrate
and properly improve the water quality.
AQUASHRIMP POWDER is ready to use. It is not necessary to rinse it. A 3 liter/3 Kg (0.75 GAL/105.82 oz) bag is suitable for a 20 liter (5 Gal)
aquarium. This will allow a soil thickness of around 5 cm (2 inches). Using 150 g (5.29 oz) of soil per liter (0.25 Gal) will grant the aquarium the best
soil quantity needed.
1. a). Pour a height of approximately 1 cm (0.4 inch) of dechlorinated water in the aquarium. b). Optional: if the substrate additive BACTERKIT
SOIL from Prodibio is used, mix it in the water.
2. a). If the aquarium is not going to be planted, or lightly planted, directly add the quantity of AQUASHRIMP POWDER needed. At this stage,
AQUASHRIMP POWDER will absorb all the water. b). Optional: If the aquarium is going to host a lot of plants, first add a layer of AQUAGROWTH
SOIL as per instructions. AQUAGROWTH SOIL has a granule size better suited for fixation and development of plant roots. On top of the
AQUAGROWTH SOIL, add around 2 to 3 cm (0.8 to 1.1 inches) of AQUASHRIMP POWDER in order to cover AQUAGROWTH SOIL layer. This will
avoid having shrimp eggs and young shrimps to be trapped in the soil, and will help them to stay at the surface of the AQUASHRIMP POWDER.
At this stage, the soils will absorb all the water.
3. Add the main decoration elements (stones, aquatic woods, etc…) and install the aquatic layout as desired.
4. a). Add more water gently to avoid creating holes in the substrate and breaking the aquarium design until the soil surface has been covered
in water. b). Optional: in case of a planted aquarium, add plants and continue to set up the aquarium decoration until everything looks as
5. Gently fill up the aquarium with more dechlorinated water. Floating of soil fragments may occur, remove them this happens. Water may
become cloudy once the aquarium has been fully filled. Cloudiness will naturally disappear after a few hours or especially when the filtration
system has been running. If cloudiness remains, drain part of the water and refill the aquarium with clean dechlorinated water.
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Typical Size: 0.25 - 1.0mm
Average Density: 94 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05839, 5 lb; 00839, 20 lb; 00869, 50 lb