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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-14-2015, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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ph buffering substrate for shrimp and betta

Looking at some different things, an I know ADA is going to be the most recomended option, how ever what other substrate is tgere? Is tge Fluval stratum any good? I know that it was questionable in the begining, as it was light an only lasted a year or less. I want something that will last several years is dark and dosent cost a fortune. Any thoughts? I have a couple tanks to do 5 gallon and under on all thanks,

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Turface has a ph lowering effect is very cheap and a great substrate for aesthetics and plants. There's no substitute for ro water or peat filtered water for lowering ph

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What is the GH, KH, pH and TDS of the water you are starting with?
What are the optimum parameters for the livestock?

You should alter this water before it even gets to the tank so it is very close to what the livestock want. Then the substrate can stabilize it for a long time because there will be very little adjusting to do.
Also, there will not be sudden changes in these levels when you do a water change.
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