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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval shrimp statum

I use FSS in my shrimp tank. I'm downsizing from 10g to either 2.5 or 5.5 & was wondering before I go making a mess, has anyone ever moved FSS from one tank to another? I'm thinking it's going to make a mud bowl if I try to scoop it out of the 10 & pour into the smaller tank. What's your thoughts or experiences? Thank you

PS Edit: I forgot to mention that the tank is full of juvenile & adult shrimp. What is stirring up all that mud going to do to them?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 08:40 PM
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throw away all the water you can, then scoop the substrate slowly into another tank. Fill up water super slowly.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 02:04 PM
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I used a large hose ans siphoned the stratum into a strainer over a bucket.
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I would use a siphon. You also have to consider some of the FSS will have broken down, as all active substrates do. So do you really want to reuse all of it?

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Right you are diwu13......... I am going with new FSS instead of reusing the old stuff. Thanks for help
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keep in mind FSS leeches ammonia during cycling..
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I think if I use the old stuff & either siphon or scoop it into the new smaller tank, I will have a tank full of mud. I'll try some on a smaller level just to see what happens. If I buy new, I'll have to go through a cycle again.......... Hmmmmmm...... what a dilemma I'm in now........ LOL
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I've never had a problem moving FSS, or with it leeching ammonia new. I've moved the same stuff twice now, and it was no more cloudy than the first setup

Haha, I love this stuff though, I think I'm a bit biased :P
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Oh yeah, I love it too & even more, I think my shrimp love it just as much. I'll try moving some in a few days, still need to purchase the smaller 2.5 or 5g tank. Debating which to get. I'm leaning towards the 5g so I can divide it & have my RCS on one side and maybe Yellows or Blue Pearls on the other side.
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I like FSS,,but really love Akadama..akadama does not leech ammonia,,atleast by my experiences..Akadama does not break down like FSS..atleast not as fast..
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How big are the grains of FSS? I'm about to set up a tank and I'm wondering how easy it's gonna be to plant in.
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They are about the size of BB's. They are easy to plant in. A little dusty even after rinsed although I would suggest you don't rinse them as they fall apart easily & you might wash them all away. Good luck with it.
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Thanks for the info Lesley. I'm going to be planting some Staurogyne, I currently have it in some Flourite and I'm having a hard time keeping it down.
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Flourite is good stuff, it has nutrients & ferts in it which help your plant grow. FSS does not so you will have to dose fertilizer for your plants. I use Flourish & Excel by sea-chem, works great. If you're looking for a great website to buy aquatic items try LNT.com Believe it or not it's Linens N Things. They have allot of great & inexpensive items. Good luck.
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It sounds like you guys have the substrates mixed up a bit, unless there is some other type of Flourite I am not aware of.

Flourite is inert, so it has no nutrients for plants, that would be Aqua Soil or Flora Stratum.

Flora Stratum is a bit different than Fluval Stratum.

Fluval Stratum does not leech ammonia - Aqua Soil does.

Flourite is much heavier being basically clay gravel and thus holds plants down much easier and better than Stratum will as it is heavy, like rocks.

If you have a light hand then Stratum is okay to plant in, but if you have a heavy hand, Flourite will be easier.

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