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Fluval Shrimp Stratum

Hey does anyone who has experience with this as well as other buffered soils know how this compares interms of raising shrimp? I have so far only used ADA soil and I was wondering about fluval shrimp stratum. Does it leach ammonia like ADA's does?
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To my knowledge, it does not leech ammonia, however it also doesn't last as long as other soils and may turn to mush.
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It doesn't leech ammonia like Amazonia but it also doesn't buffer nearly as well

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I have had the Stratum now for about a little more than a month (between cycling the tank, numerous water changes and a couple of weeks with shrimp) - so I can't speak to how well the buffering of the soil lasts. I use RO/DI water with Salty Shrimp GH+. My pH has been steady at about 6.7 (using calibrated digital pH meter). I also have driftwood, Indian Almond Leaves and Alder Cones in the tank. I do like the looks of the Stratum but it is very light - sometimes a pain to secure plants into the substrate. But the plants seem to be doing well (low tech type plants like anubias, jave ferns, buce and mosses - also some S. repens in the foreground).
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My experiences with have been like @Shrimpalot56. It keeps my pH around 6.7 using r/o and bee shrimp GH+ as well. It is a perfect substrate for tiger shrimp. Although it may be considered taboo, I'm using CO2 (low flow rate running 24/7) to drop the pH to a suitable range for taiwan bees using this substrate. Only time will tell if they start breeding successfully in it.
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My experiences with have been like @Shrimpalot56. It keeps my pH around 6.7 using r/o and bee shrimp GH+ as well. It is a perfect substrate for tiger shrimp. Although it may be considered taboo, I'm using CO2 (low flow rate running 24/7) to drop the pH to a suitable range for taiwan bees using this substrate. Only time will tell if they start breeding successfully in it.
Are you running 1 bubble per second or less???

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I'm running between 13-15 bpm (depending on room temperature) but they're in a 2.6 g nano tank ATM. If it doesn't work out so well, I'll move them into my 22g long tank.
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I'm running between 13-15 bpm (depending on room temperature) but they're in a 2.6 g nano tank ATM. If it doesn't work out so well, I'll move them into my 22g long tank.
10/4 I'm starting a 15 gallon tank up for bees and was going to run co2 24/7 to keep the ph down. Trial and error I reckon

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One thing to keep in mind is aeration. I used a cheap little HOB on that tank and have to keep the water line pretty low (which sucks in a nano tank) to get good surface agitation. I don't want to fool with airstones or such as this is a natural aquascape and I'm trying to keep it clean. The bees are in there are just to accentuate the "scene". I'm not worried about them breeding but if they start, I'll just move them over. Problem is the 22 g needs a substrate re-placement, as was previously housing neos. Guess those little bees will have to hold off for daddy to get paid. I have big plans for that tank. Buffering substrate and a ton of driftwood isn't in the cards right now, or should I say in my bank account. haha
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One thing to keep in mind is aeration. I used a cheap little HOB on that tank and have to keep the water line pretty low (which sucks in a nano tank) to get good surface agitation. I don't want to fool with airstones or such as this is a natural aquascape and I'm trying to keep it clean. The bees are in there are just to accentuate the "scene". I'm not worried about them breeding but if they start, I'll just move them over. Problem is the 22 g needs a substrate re-placement, as was previously housing neos. Guess those little bees will have to hold off for daddy to get paid. I have big plans for that tank. Buffering substrate and a ton of driftwood isn't in the cards right now, or should I say in my bank account. haha
Yeah man no doubt about that. That Amazonia soil is absolutely ridiculously expensive. Luckily I'm only using that in a 10 gallon so I didn't break the bank

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And yeah I have a double sponge filter with an extendable tie for surface agitation

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And yeah I have a double sponge filter with an extendable tie for surface agitation

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Tube* not tie

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Sponges are always a good choice. My little HOB is using a sponge on the intake but it needs frequent cleaning to keep the flow on point.
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