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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval shrimp substrate.

Heard this stuff is ok,
But is it worth my 14 dollars?
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It works, but isn't at all necessary for shrimp keeping. I like the rounded appearance.
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I'd rather have flourite black sand or some type of colorquartz(ceramaquartz) to show off the shrimp colors better.


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Worth every penny if you are seriously keeping shrimp (anything over B-C grade CRS). Buffers ph very well and is as black as Eco Complete or Fourite. (ADA Aquasoil is quite grey in comparison). Also has the added benefit of being very good for plant growth.
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How much do you get for $14? For what it's worth, I've never seen grey Aquasoil. Mine is a rich brown color.
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Maybe a small bag like a minture bag of dog food.
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Yep like a small bag of dog food, this stuff i see in all the fish stores that are close by.
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Does anyone know the difference between the shrimp and the plant substrate that Fluval has put out? I am going to start a small nano soon and I was wondering which I should go with as ADA soil is not available here and probably too expensive to ship. It will be more about the plants but I do want to have shrimp. Is it all that necessary?


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I'd rather have flourite black sand or some type of colorquartz(ceramaquartz) to show off the shrimp colors better.
Yeah, I use black flourite as well and love it. Especially for it's deep black color.

I'm not a big fan of the fluval shrimp substrate either, it's too brown for my liking and the consistancy is more course than fine.
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It's very cool and it put everything except my gH into perfect range, but my gH is extremely high here in PA so I'm going to start using Zero water (from the filter, I tested the water and turns out there's almost 0 ppm of gH in there, I guess it filters it out. Who knew?) to lower the gH.

So overall I recommend the stuff. Gets cloudy but makes the water perfect for CRS. It's pretty nice. Good for plants too.Ü

Huh. I don't know where that cross thing came from.
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If its at your LFS pick it up. Top off whatever your substrate is with it.
If you're thinking about buying it...

Azoo plant grower bed is cheaper and it does the same stuff.
11 pound bag is $28.00, plus shipping.

Petstore.com is good.
I purchased 6 bags last time, shipping ended up being free which was awesome.
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Hello,
Does anyone know of a converter for this substrate? I would like to switch my 47 bow front over to this from pool filter sand. I donít know how many bags to get. Please help if you can.
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I got a bag of this with my fluval ebi I recently bought. I spent about 15 minutes rinsing each small 3-4 handful amount that I put in and the tankwater still looked like mud for the first two days I used it. As for planting, I'd rate it as average, it's quite light so you relaly need to bury roots deep or tie down smaller plants to rocks/wood to get them to sit put. Visually it's nice, but it's just such a pain in the ass. Anytime I have to move a plant around or a fish hits the substrate it kicks up a dirty cloud of muddy water that lingers for a few hours. I ended up putting half eco complete in the tank where it is more heavily planted as I've had great results with EC and leaving the fluval substrate in the more wide open areas with less plants and less chance of getting stirred up
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I put mine in a strainer and rinsed out most of the particles. when I added the water it cleared up in an hour.
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I didn't rinse the Stratum in either of my tanks, just carefully add water into tank and you shouldn't get cloud issues. I think rinsing and washing the Stratum greatly weakens it, increasing the cloud issue as the soil balls break apart.

I love the Stratum, main reason being that it doesn't leech ammonia in the substrate. Because I was swapping from plain gravel to soil with livestock, I had to find a soil substrate that doesn't leech ammonia like ADA does. Stratum fit the bill, and my plants are doing great.
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