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Dirt capped with Fluval Stratum?

As the title suggests, has anyone tried this?

The reason I ask is because as I understand it, Fluval Stratum isn't jam packed with nutrients like other aqua soils, but has decent CEC capability. The dirt could help fill that gap of nutrients. Are there other ways of "charging" Fluval Stratum?
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As the title suggests, has anyone tried this?

The reason I ask is because as I understand it, Fluval Stratum isn't jam packed with nutrients like other aqua soils, but has decent CEC capability. The dirt could help fill that gap of nutrients. Are there other ways of "charging" Fluval Stratum?
Dirt will have the "same" CEC as the Stratum, as both are basically 100% organic material, the stratum has just been manufactured into a granular product.

I would suggest mixing some sand / crushed lava rock / dirt to a structure that you like and capping it as you see fit, or rolling with the Stratum alone.

You could likely pre-charge the Stratum. My experience with it has been 1 year max before it turns into complete muck and your tank looks like used motor oil after uprooting anything.

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Dirt will have the "same" CEC as the Stratum, as both are basically 100% organic material, the stratum has just been manufactured into a granular product.

I would suggest mixing some sand / crushed lava rock / dirt to a structure that you like and capping it as you see fit, or rolling with the Stratum alone.

You could likely pre-charge the Stratum. My experience with it has been 1 year max before it turns into complete muck and your tank looks like used motor oil after uprooting anything.
Thanks for the reply!

What would you suggest doing to pre-charge the Stratum? My idea was to put it in a 5 gallon bucket with some distilled water and mix a heavy amount of nutrients into the water along with some GH booster and let it sit for a few days.

Yeah, I've heard that it can be pretty fragile. It will be for a nano shrimp tank, hoping to just plant it heavily off the bat and leave it. Hoping. lol
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Thanks for the reply!

What would you suggest doing to pre-charge the Stratum? My idea was to put it in a 5 gallon bucket with some distilled water and mix a heavy amount of nutrients into the water along with some GH booster and let it sit for a few days.

Yeah, I've heard that it can be pretty fragile. It will be for a nano shrimp tank, hoping to just plant it heavily off the bat and leave it. Hoping. lol
For the price of dry ferts it's probably fine to do that. I wouldn't bother with NO3.

PO4, K, Micros - CSM+B, Ca, Mg, S etc should be fine.

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