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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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turface plus lava rock in a oebt tank

hello im starting a oebt tank and im planing on putting turface plus lava rock and i was wondering if this would work also what does turface actually do i bought a flat rate large box for 23 dollars hopping it would be something like akadame please help me out i have no experince with this stuff thanks
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I've never used Turface before in a shrimp tank but I know how super light weight that substrate is and knowing how all shrimp like to dig, they'll be churning that stuff like no tomorrow. Churning of substrate is bad juju in any shrimp tank. It'll create spikes in parameters that can lead to shrimp deaths. Of course I'm just thinking out loud. Maybe someone who've actually used Turface successfully can chime in.

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no worries id rather know and not use it than to do the tank and end up with dead shrimp hopefully someone who has used it will chime in thanks anyways
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no worries id rather know and not use it than to do the tank and end up with dead shrimp hopefully someone who has used it will chime in thanks anyways
I don't have a shrimp-only tank. However, my community tank with RCS and ghost shrimp seem fine with the Turface substrate. The do pick over it, but they don't seem to actually move any of the substrate (they only seem to scrounge around the top and sides of the Turface).

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Thanks thats what I tought that would happened if you domt mind me asking what kind of ph do you have in the tank and what kind of plants do you grow in there pretty much every single thing you have noticed about turface what are the pros and cons about this stuff
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I'm new to the hobby, started my first planted tank in August. It's a 5.5 gal with Turface. I'm growing crypt parva, wisteria, lilaeopsis brasilensis, and hydrocotle rooted in it. It's hard to keep the smaller plants in the turface because it's really light. I put a spoonful of sand over the ones that kept coming up to keep them down until they rooted (I didn't have plant anchors, but will get some).

I like the color, the high CEC (it absorbs nutrients), and the fact that the poop falls down between the pieces, rather than staying on top like with sand. I have cherry shrimp that like to turn the pieces over to get at all sides, but it doesn't ever fly around the tank or cause spikes.
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thats what i was looking to hear also how do you dose your take or what do you do to it to get stuff to grow really thankful for the help
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I like the color, the high CEC (it absorbs nutrients),
Turface, Schultz clay conditioner, Profile Aquatic Plant soil, is all made from Fullers earth, a type of clay. It is fired. It is very porous, and yeah it has high CEC..cation exchange capacity, meaning it attracts positive ions, (cations) such as iron. I agree its light weight. I mix a little gravel with it. As it ages in the aquarium and absorbs organic waste it becomes heavier

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thanks got the tank set up and so far it looks like good stuff im able to plant some stuff in it without much trouble
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