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Question Need advice on substrate for new planted shrimp tank

I am wrapping up my first 10.8 gallon planted tank housing tiger and tangerine tiger shrimp. pH 6.7, GH of 6, KH of 0, TDS about 200 (wanted a little lower), Temp 74 degrees. I used Fluval Shrimp Stratum for my substrate.

I am ready to start my second tank (low-tech). It is a 16.1 gallon tank (15.6 in x 15.6 x 15.6). It will house Red Cherry Shrimp. So I am looking for about a pH of 7.4, GH of 8, KH of 4 and TDS of about 200-225 (other suggestions are welcomed). I will be using RO/DI water mineralized with Salty Shrimp GH/KH+. My big question is what substrate to use - I was looking for something neutral that doesn't buffer the water either way. Also looking for a darker substrate.

At first I was leaning toward Eco Complete (black). But then read articles on it raising KH and pH. This would be ok if it kept the pH around 7.5 but I don't want it above 8.0+. If the effect is temporary (month or so, then OK).

Question: Which are some good (neutral) substrate choices for a low-tech planted with Neocaridina (ie Red Cherry) shrimp? I definitely don't want to use Fluval or any substrate that buffers to the acidic side. Also looking for a substrate that is good for plants. Thanks!.

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What about soil? That's what I'm using right now on my 55 gal and have it in my 10 gallon too and my plants are looking really healthy!

Here are some links on how to mineralize the soil to reduce algae and sediment disturbance issues

https://visual.ly/community/infograp...soil-substrate
How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot - Library - Aquatic Plant Central
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What about soil? That's what I'm using right now on my 55 gal and have it in my 10 gallon too and my plants are looking really healthy!

Here are some links on how to mineralize the soil to reduce algae and sediment disturbance issues

https://visual.ly/community/infograp...soil-substrate
How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot - Library - Aquatic Plant Central

I have read several article/posts on using soil. Very inteesting reading - makes sense. Does involve a more work. I might save that for a future tank. Thanks for the suggestion!
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