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Anyone use this on their tanks?

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Is this the osmocote+ people buy in capsules? Trying to plan out the substrate on my 29g and thinking 1in of sphagnum peat moss with this osmocote+ on top of it, then 1in of MGOCPM, and cap with 1in of shrimp stratum.
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Yes, that's the stuff people use. Spread 5 grams per square foot on the bottom glass.

I'd suggest a cap other than Shrimp Stratum since it is very light. I suggest going with either pool filter sand or black diamond blasting sand if you want to keep it cheap.

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Yea that's the stuff.

Don't over do it and to be honest you don't really need to use it if you're using dirt too. If you do though, I'd sprinkle it on the very bottom.

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Yes, that's the stuff people use. Spread 5 grams per square foot on the bottom glass.

I'd suggest a cap other than Shrimp Stratum since it is very light. I suggest going with either pool filter sand or black diamond blasting sand if you want to keep it cheap.
Not a fan of the way blasting sand looks. What about plant stratum instead of shrimp?

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Yea that's the stuff.

Don't over do it and to be honest you don't really need to use it if you're using dirt too. If you do though, I'd sprinkle it on the very bottom.

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So put it on the bare bottom and put the sphagnum peat moss on top?
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Plant Stratum is just a larger grained version of Shrimp Stratum. You need a heavy cap because if any of the MGOCPM or osmocote+ get exposed into the water column, you're going to have problems with ammonia and nitrates.

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By simply looking through the old threads you'll find more problem threads about "Pebble" sized Caps vs. Sand Caps.

I feel the "seal" effect of sand is why it works. Don't let people that don't even keep dirtied tanks scare you with Anaerobic Apocalypse from compacted sand.

Just keep to reasonable depth levels 1.5 to 2" Dirt of your choice 1 to 1.5" Sand cap.

>>> Uniform sized sands:
White- PFS
Tan - Play Sand
Black -Black Diamond blasting grit.

>>> Irregular Sized Grains
Tan - Constuction grade, "all purpose" sand

They all work equally well.

PRS and Black Diamond are pretty clean out of the bag but, it al should be rinsed prior to use.

Good Luck with your tank
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