Why didnt you cycle your tank? & I dont get the part "Cycling will not be helped with old tank water no matter what substrate you use
"? What do you mean by "no matter what substrate you use"? I also have an overhead filter that i used in my established tank,will that help a bit? And Thank You so much for replying btw!
Tank water doesn't have much in the way of beneficial bacteria in it. It's better to use filter media from an established tank. That part won't change if you use Stratum, Flourite, AS, or just plain old gravel. The great thing about Stratum is that, unlike AS, it doesn't generate tons of ammonia. In fact, it doesn't kick out ammo at all, which is really
As for cycling tanks, there are several methods that work. Established filter media/substrate being a top choice.
I've started using this in my BTOE tank, and the shrimp look happy, the blyxa looks very happy! It took it forever to send down roots in Flourite, and already the cuttings that I took from my 29g are rooting down well in the Stratum. So far I'm fond of this substrate, it's soft, nice to work with, and grips cut stems FAR better than the Flourite I'm used to. I'm not fond of the uniform little balls in the form of looks, but the color is extremely natural and pleasing to the eye, so it's easy to forgive. I could care less about it's buffer ability (I don't test pH), but so far the plants seem fond of it, so that's all I ask.
It's not cloudy. I completely failed to rinse it out, and even after I filled the tank it was completely clear.
I'm buying the large bag of the shrimp substrate for my 10g. The smaller grain is more pleasing to my eyes than the larger stuff.