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Matt.radich 03-25-2013 01:41 AM

What type of substrate?
I am planning on a low tech 5.5 gallon shrimp tank. I am stuck on the substrate part... I have some black gravel that I wanted to use but I also have some natural colored pea gravel that I was thinking of using.

Would either of these work or would you guys recommend sand for the tank?

Conrad283 03-25-2013 04:00 AM

Are you planning on using plants? If so, I wouldn't use gravel

Noahma 03-25-2013 05:04 AM

I personally use sand in all my tanks. It makes moving plants around a breeze, and I don't have to worry about my stems floating up if I accidently bump the gravel.

Matt.radich 03-26-2013 12:08 AM

What type of substrate?
I am planning on low light planted yes, so sand would be my best bet if I didn't want to get something like floramax or Eco complete?

BruceF 03-26-2013 12:36 AM

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I would use dirt capped with sand.

scotty b 03-26-2013 01:41 AM

+1 on the dirt capped with sand

Matt.radich 03-26-2013 03:12 AM

What type of substrate?
What kind of dirt then?? I have been doing light research, but I am very confused on it. How/what it does, why does it help shrimp etc haha.

Please help as I'm very new...

BruceF 03-26-2013 02:03 PM

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I don't know anything about shrimp.

assasin6547 03-26-2013 04:33 PM

What kind of shrimp you keeping?

Cuz if it's CRS you need a buffering substrate like NEW Amazonia

Matt.radich 03-26-2013 05:51 PM

What type of substrate?
I was just thinking something started such as rcs

Curt_914 03-27-2013 04:01 PM

Use miracle grow organic potting soil toped with pool filter sand and you should be fine.

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