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Old 04-13-2012, 06:55 PM   #16
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There are several great buffering soils on the market. Some are better than others.

But the most expensive of the ones mentioned is shrimp sand - and it's my opinion that you're paying more than the stuff is worth. In this journal, I compare it based on price and size to Azoo Plant Grower Bed:



Fluval's products are solid (the people who have problems do the silly thing and rinse it - don't do that, as it's dirt). Brightwell makes good soils. Mr. Aqua makes nice stuff.

Akadama in only popular, as mentioned above, because it's often cheap and available at garden supply stores and bonsai shops.

You've got tons of options and they all cost around $20-$30 for enough to fill a standard 20gal long. Unless you're talking Shrimp Sand... and then you're looking at $100+.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:18 PM   #17
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I wouldn't use fluval stratum again for tiger shrimps if they PAID me to. As soon as I removed that junk from their tank they stopped dying. Was the LAST thing it could have been too, so I'm convinced it is bad news for tiger shrimps.

My yellows and cherries however seem to do just fine with it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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As far as plants are concerned, it will not matter for the SMS vs the Akadama.
They function similarly.
But I think the op is talking about substrates for shrimp.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:51 PM   #19
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But I think the op is talking about substrates for shrimp.
If that is the case............then plain sands will do a better job for the $. Buffering is not an attribute that is really helpful in their aquaculture.

Peat, baking soda, RO water etc.

Sort of defeats the point.
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If that is the case............then plain sands will do a better job for the $. Buffering is not an attribute that is really helpful in their aquaculture.

Peat, baking soda, RO water etc.

Sort of defeats the point.
What do you mean? What if I intend to use tap water?
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:21 AM   #21
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If that is the case............then plain sands will do a better job for the $. Buffering is not an attribute that is really helpful in their aquaculture.

Peat, baking soda, RO water etc.

Sort of defeats the point.
Wha?

Substrates that soften water are very useful for keeping softwater species of shrimp. It makes it much easier to do using moderate tap water.

Substrates like Shrimp sand and other shrimp specific like BW and BB keep the water in ideal parameters for upwards of a year and do it with really no "dosing" or guesswork like using peat or humic acid or the like.
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Buffering soils for shrimp are great for stability. Especially if you're using RO/DI water and such.

For me, when I use ADA Aquasoil, it's just sort of a fail safe. Less chance I'm going to really muck things up if I accidentally add a bit too much Mineral Plus Ultra or overdo it on the RO top-offs once every few days.

It's a bit of a "cheat" for me and I really like having that opportunity.

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Substrates that soften water are very useful for keeping softwater species of shrimp. It makes it much easier to do using moderate tap water.

Substrates like Shrimp sand and other shrimp specific like BW and BB keep the water in ideal parameters for upwards of a year and do it with really no "dosing" or guesswork like using peat or humic acid or the like.
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Agree completely on buffering shrimp soil. It is a huge PIA to constantly be trying to lower the tank's ph using other methods. You don't have to fret when you use something like Akadama.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:47 PM   #24
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For me, it's not about lowering pH. Just an added bonus that many shrimp substrates help stabilize some parameters.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:43 PM   #25
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For me, it's not about lowering pH. Just an added bonus that many shrimp substrates help stabilize some parameters.
i have to always remember when i am reading here.. i need to tell the difference between people that have PLANTED tanks.. with shrimp..

or SHRIMP TANKS with plants..

i look for the latter..
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We have many smart people here. heck there are poeple geting itno glass blowing

why doesn't someone smart just come up and go HEY
why don't we make our own fired soil substrates tha buffer the water the way we want
and make lots of money afterwards
im not that guy but i hope someone reads this that is
USA MADE fired soil at a decent price will make poop tons of money on forums that are looking for the same thing
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We have many smart people here. heck there are poeple geting itno glass blowing

why doesn't someone smart just come up and go HEY
why don't we make our own fired soil substrates tha buffer the water the way we want
and make lots of money afterwards
im not that guy but i hope someone reads this that is
USA MADE fired soil at a decent price will make poop tons of money on forums that are looking for the same thing
Yeah, I'd buy that. If it worked, of course.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:08 PM   #28
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i have to always remember when i am reading here.. i need to tell the difference between people that have PLANTED tanks.. with shrimp..

or SHRIMP TANKS with plants..

i look for the latter..

i don't think you could have worded that any better.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:42 AM   #29
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where do you buy the Azoo Plant Grower Bed? What's a good price for it?
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I think I seen it for sale at marinedepot
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