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Tanman's 7 Gallon Zen with U.P. AquaSand

Found a 7 gallon Zen at Russo's Pet Center and only paid $41 with tax included. They give a 15% discount to scape members too. Go check them out

I was originally getting a small nano tank from Walmart for $28 total with tank, light and lid but I decided to get something that I would enjoy looking at

My first intentions were to set up a moss tank to grow moss for my shrimp packages, however, after staring at a bare bottom tank for the last two days, I couldn't help myself to buy some substrate. So I found the newest shrimp friendly substrate on the market to try.

And this is what happened...enjoy!

Day 1

U.P. Aqua AquaSand



I want to test out and provide any pertinent info to my fellow shrimpers so I decided not to add any substrate and biological additives.

Bare Tank with 2 inches of AquaSand



Look at this! First impressive thing about this substrate...NO CLOUDY MESS This makes those quick tank setup demos nice and clean for the audience. No wood particles or dirt. However, I did miss that amazing Aquasoil dirt smell. ADA needs to make a cologne already




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Finished for Day 1
-I will add TDS, ph, gh and kh values later tonight. Even though, I filled it with tap water with prime. I'll also include ammonia readings each day as well.



Day 1 Readings

TDS: 525
ph: 7.5
gh: 16 haha I may not do this one anymore...it wasn't fun testing this one
Temp:66
Ammonia: 0.0 mg

The bag claims to buffer the ph down to 6.5-7.0
No ammonia 4 hours after tank setup though

Day 2

TDS: 530
Temp: 68
ph: 7.5
Ammonia: 0.0mg



Since there is no ammonia leakage, I am going to switch over to RO water

I tested the ph of my tap water and it is sitting 8.0 and my RO water is 6.5 so it looks it's buffering the water only a half a point.

I'll throw in a fish or shrimp tomorrow or Friday and see if I can get it to stay alive.

Negative: the black/grayish color of the substrate doesn't look natural. Aquasoil has more of that earthy look. It will have to grow on me


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Patent pending filter media? Please expand.


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Sorry if this is a dumb question but what is RO water?
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