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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2020, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Adding More Substrate?

Is there a best way to add more Fluval Stratum to a recently flooded and planted tank.

I realize that some of my background plants may not have been planted deeply enough as some of their roots are showing. These are swords and crypts.

Can I add more Stratum without making a mess or would it be best to just replant? They are not in a particularly accessible location.

When I setup my tank recently I chose to not wash the stratum per advice here and filled the tank very slowly. I had absolutely no turbidity. It was great. I would hate to make a mess now!

Thanks.
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From my experience, i washed the new substrate pretty good, left them in a bucket for 30min (or so), tested the water....(do your things for your specifically tank paramaters)

To start i removed about 35%-45% of water of my tank then I turned of my filter (no stress for the fish I guess) I get the new substrate and used a plastic cup to slowly drop them on some particulars areas and mixed as delicated as I could with a sharp plastic grabber. Some layers I left a new thick layer and propagated trimmed plants. I made possible to all snails and shrimps to run away from the cup before never see them again lol, but snails do survive.

However, my sword always had this segment of root system right at the bottom of its body, where the new leafs come from, and i still have to trim them and they are doing just fine. But I understand that it's not nice to see the roots from plants that looks nicer when growing from the ground by its own. I have shrimps and loaches living together so I leave it like that for them.

You can try plant weitghs, attach with aquarium plant glue, or simply hide with a rock or something.

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From my experience, i washed the new substrate pretty good, left them in a bucket for 30min (or so), tested the water....(do your things for your specifically tank paramaters)

To start i removed about 35%-45% of water of my tank then I turned of my filter (no stress for the fish I guess) I get the new substrate and used a plastic cup to slowly drop them on some particulars areas and mixed as delicated as I could with a sharp plastic grabber. Some layers I left a new thick layer and propagated trimmed plants. I made possible to all snails and shrimps to run away from the cup before never see them again lol, but snails do survive.

However, my sword always had this segment of root system right at the bottom of its body, where the new leafs come from, and i still have to trim them and they are doing just fine. But I understand that it's not nice to see the roots from plants that looks nicer when growing from the ground by its own. I have shrimps and loaches living together so I leave it like that for them.

You can try plant weitghs, attach with aquarium plant glue, or simply hide with a rock or something.

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Thanks! Luckily I do not have livestock in place yet. I am still cycling the tank and doing a bit of scaping to make the scene a bit more convincing by adding some gravel to match the local river rocks . I just want to build up the rear Stratum slope a bit more without risking clouding up the clear tank water.

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I found that I was easily able to add more Stratum by putting some in a cup and gently lowering it until it was under water. I could then pour the soil where I wanted with minimal clouding.

Disturbing the existing substrate was an entirely different matter. It makes a pretty good dust storm!
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