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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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shrimp sand suggestions?

i have crs and i was thinking about getting some shrimp sand...any opinions on what is good?
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What size tank?
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What kind of shrimps?
Are you looking for active substrate to buffer your PH?
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 09:28 PM
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If you're looking for buffering, there are several options.

ADA Aquasoil

Azoo Plant Grower Bed - a single bag will be more than enough for a 10gal

UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is good but over priced, likely need 3 bags

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is okay, cheap

Several others on the market.
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I have UP Shrimp Sand Micro in my 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank. Been up and running for several months now. Is all doing fine so far!

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I am looking to in theory if possible lower my ph as it is about 7.4... I have a group of crs i got from a member on the site...
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Jake said it best

ADA Aquasoil

Azoo Plant Grower Bed - a single bag will be more than enough for a 10gal

UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is good but over priced, likely need 3 bags

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is okay, cheap

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One bag in my tank.

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gmoses: I guess a better way to do this is to ask your budget for substrate. What's your ideal price point?

I think ADA Aquasoil is the best product out of the ones I mentioned. But you'll have to endure a month of cycling. Which isn't a bad thing - running a tank for a month before adding shrimp really benefits them and allows their environment to be nice and established before they move in.
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if your kinda in a rush and need to go on the cheap side i have been running fluval shrimp stratum since feb and added shrimp right off the bat. i did have alot of moss and things from other tanks in there for the biofim to start them out with. and it has worked well for me
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My Fluval Ebi has Fluval Shrimp substrate as well. Been up and running since August. Is working fine.

Like Wicca, I put the shrimp in shortly after set up using well aged driftwood and plants with a daily dose of Nutrafin Cycle to keep things running right.

My tap is crap so I use either RO or distilled water.

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How's the Azoo Plant Grower bed? Does it leak out ammonia like Aquasoil?
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If you're looking for buffering, there are several options.

ADA Aquasoil

Azoo Plant Grower Bed - a single bag will be more than enough for a 10gal

UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is good but over priced, likely need 3 bags

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is okay, cheap

Several others on the market.

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It buffers fairly well, though not as strongly as Aquasoil.

It does not cause an ammonia spike, as it does not contain the amount of nutrients as the ADA product.

Requires the use of root tabs after a few months. Aquasoil could go for a couple years without needing tabs.
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You will be fine with Fluval stratum.

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