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shrimp substrate

what other substrates can i use for crystal shrimp besides aquasoil and fluval stratum
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Akadama double red line bonsai soil. It's far cheaper than the soils you mentioned.
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did a quick search on it...it sounds promising
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did a quick search on it...it sounds promising
I use it and it's very good for both plants and shrimp. Asian hobbyists have used it as an aquasoil alternative for a long time. Make sure that it's "Double Red Line" as this variety has a higher pH buffering capacity. Also, make sure you get the small grain size and rinse it extremely thoroughly.
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Does Akadama look reddish or brownish underwater?
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The savings over aquasoil isn't THAT great.

It is about .70 cents per liter differenence. Pre shipping.

AFTER shipping...
akadama is 4.20 per liter shipped from amazon(for 15 liters)
Aquasoil is 4.95 per liter shipped from adg (for 9 liters)
or 4.49 per liter shipped for 18 liters from adg.

Not saying that the Akadama isn't great... Because it is basically the same thing... But it isn't a huge savings either, and the ada is more my color preference.
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ah thank you for that break down over_stocked

so my tank has been cycled for a year or 2 now
will i have a huge ammonia spike with aquasoil
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I am not really looking into planting this tank
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aquasoil amazonia 1 or 2?
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does anyone use this for Crystal red tanks?
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does anyone use this for Crystal red tanks?
Yeah people use that and the Mr. Aqua substrate. Both of them are cheaper than Aquasoil but harder to find. Any reason you don't want to use Fluval Stratum? Its the easiest to find, not any more expensive, and works really well at buffering PH...
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Fluval stratum or the shrimp stratum
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Fluval stratum or the shrimp stratum
Was that a question of some kind? The plant and shrimp version of the Fluval stuff is basically identical except for the size of the grains from what everybody can tell. They both buffer PH the same which all you should be worried about...
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Im thinking about using flourite black sand or azoo plant grower because i can get the same amount of substrate for half the price of fluval stratum
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