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Old 03-25-2013, 02:41 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:00 AM   #2
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Are you planning on using plants? If so, I wouldn't use gravel
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:04 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:08 AM   #4
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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?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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I would use dirt capped with sand.
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+1 on the dirt capped with sand
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:12 AM   #7
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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...
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I don't know anything about shrimp.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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What kind of shrimp you keeping?

Cuz if it's CRS you need a buffering substrate like NEW Amazonia
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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I was just thinking something started such as rcs
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:01 PM   #11
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Use miracle grow organic potting soil toped with pool filter sand and you should be fine.
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