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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Shrimp substrate & grasses


I've got the fluval substrate stratum for my future shrimps. Can grasses be planted in such big sized lumps ? In particular, HC ?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 04:11 PM
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Re: Shrimp substrate & grasses

It should be fine. As long as there aren't any critters that will dig, and plant as deep as you can.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 04:59 PM
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you could add a fine black sand on top of your fluval substrate to help with the HC. That's what I did over my eco-compleat and it works well
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hc is kinda iffy most of the time people do a dry start with it any way to let it fill in before filling the tank. i have several kinds of plants in my fss. ive had hc in fss but the shrimp tended to pick it out of the substrate but i didnt give it good time root either. i have marsilea in it right now and its doing well and i also have one of the small grass crypts all i can remember is it starts with a p lol
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hehe yep thats it. seems to be doing well but does seem to grow rrreeeaaaalllllyyyyy sssssllllloooowwww lol
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 06:42 AM
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I have a cherry shrimp tank with fluval stratum (the red bag) for 2 months.
I have been able to plant saggitaria subulata in 2 inch substrate.
There are new baby plants spreading all thru the aquarium.
I prefer hardy plants who need very little ferts in a shrimp only tank.

I use Jbl 24/7 two drops twice a week and 5m"l of JBL ferropol when I change 20% water once in two weeks.
My plants are fine no yellowing, rotting or dying coz I have easy plants like Java fern and mosses.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 09:01 PM
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For what it's worth, our ghost shrimp seem very fond of the baby's tears I just added to our tank. It may be easier to grow than grasses.
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