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Anyone else find it to be way too light? Im finding it near impossible for it to hold down C. parva securely.
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I think it's just too big. Try topping with Shrimp Stratum, my HC is holding fine.


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There are plastic and metal anchors for plants. These prove to be handy when you are first planning out a tank and also great if you have light and shallow substrate.


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I bought an extra bag hoping it'll be easier as I'll be able to plant deeper into the substrate.

I never was able to get the substrate fully clear despite a billion rinses - it's very dirty don't you find?


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Anyone else find it to be way too light? Im finding it near impossible for it to hold down C. parva securely.
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It will clear up in a day or two
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Despite what the packaging says, don't rinse it. It's dirt, so it breaks down when wet and moved around. That's why it's cloudy.

If you add new Stratum to your tank, just don't rinse it.

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I bought an extra bag hoping it'll be easier as I'll be able to plant deeper into the substrate.

I never was able to get the substrate fully clear despite a billion rinses - it's very dirty don't you find?


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yeah i listened to what others have said and i did not rinse my shrimp stratum. I added my water very slowly and mine barely clouded up. actually it gets way more messy when its wet because the stratum is like "mini dirt clumps" and as soon as it gets wet it falls apart and breaks down easier.
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That's odd... it's held my parva down fairly easily IMO. Check my sig. Now all I have to do now is get past this damn crypt melt.

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