Counterfeit ADA Aquasoil Amazonia

ADA Aquasoil Amazonia is a world renowned planted tank substrate, which a lot of planted tank enthusiast swear by. It’s a proprietary product developed by Aqua Design Amano of Japan especially for use in planted tanks. I have been using this product for about 2 years now and have nothing but good things to say about this product. I will leave reviewing my experience with this product here as that will be topic for another post where I will review AquaSoil Amazonia in detail in the ADA product review section.

Going on to the issue we have right now, I was really disappointed after I came across a notice from ADA Hong Kong posted on their website have tracked bags of counterfeit ADA Aquasoil Amazonia from Guangzhou, China.The market is already flooded with lot of counterfeit ADA Glassware which not only hurts the reputation of the genuine product but also doesn’t work as efficiently as the genuine one ultimately affecting the final goal of creating a beautiful aquascape. This does not mean that there are no similar products out there to help you come up with a beautiful planted tank. To give you a good example, I have used both the ADA Pollen Glass diffuser and a similar unbranded diffuser I bought on Ebay from and overseas dealer. The only thing I would say is “You get what you pay for”.

I am not sure how widespread is the counterfeit ADA Aquasoil Amazonia in the US market as there are just two distributors for ADA products Aquarium Design Group, Houston and Aquaforest, San Francisco. Both of them are very reputed dealer and stand behind the product they sell. I hope the counterfeit ADA Aquasoil Amazonia will never reach the American shores.

Distinguishing the genuine ADA Aquasoil Amazonia from the counterfeit will be a tough thing to do unless you are very careful and can read some Japanese. Here are a few pointer provided by ADA Hong Kong.

Counterfeit                Genuine

The ADA logo on the counterfeit bag has slender alphabets as compared to the bold logo on the genuine bag.

Counterfeit                  Genuine

This is a picture of label on the ADA Aquasoil Carton. The only difference I could tell between the counterfeit and genuine is the scribble on the fourth line on the counterfeit label.

Counterfeit                  Genuine

As per the ADA Hong Kong website there is a difference in how the counterfeit and genuine ADA Aquasoil bag describes a sand-flattener. I could not tell a whole lot of difference .

The above picture shows the difference between the ADA product manual. The first picture is of the genuine manual and the second one is a counterfeit. The difference between the two pictures is the description is longer on the counterfeit.

Photo Credit: ADA Hong Kong



4 Responses to “Counterfeit ADA Aquasoil Amazonia”

  1. hey bhushan nice research….seriously i like blog personally. keep it up. keep doing knowledge sharing. god bless u !!!!!!

  2. bhushandalvi Says:

    Thanks a Lot Vivek! TC

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