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  1. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Hi, I have a shrimp tank that's been set up for about 6 weeks. I have two neos in it. When I started, I had a dirt tank with Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix and a gravel cap. Four amazon swords, micro swords, water sprite, and lots of frogbit and duckweed. The TDS kept inching up faster than...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Wondering if anyone has any experience keeping snails in a tank using Fluval Stratum Shrimp substrate? The snails shells weren't exactly perfect when they arrived but several of them have clearly gotten worse since entering the tank. This is my first time purposely keeping snails and even...
  3. Substrate
    Hi, I'm going to use fluval stratum on a 75 gallon tank but unfortunately using only fluval stratum will be too expensive plus the plants doesn't seem to stick pretty well with fluval stratum so I was thinking to use a layer of flourite black at bottom and then using fluval stratum at top, with...
  4. Substrate
    Hi guys a few years ago I had a tank with Fluval Stratum as the only substrate but unfortunately that substrate is too expensive to be used as the only substrate in a middle size tank (75 gallons) and also I had problems with plants that were hard to get into the substrate (they floated). Then...
  5. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Does fluval stratum loose its ability to soften water, because I have very hard tap water that is not the best for growing plants, but fluval stratum keeps it just soft enough for the plants to do well. Should I continue to rely on the stratum to keep my parameters in check or should I use...
  6. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So first tank has gone alright so far. A planted 29 gallon tall with currently 8 Red Cherry Shrimp, 3 otto cats, and a orange dwarf crayfish. I started with 15 cherries and lost a ton over time (if your doing the math I lost 7 shrimp.) When I asked for help I got a lot of different answers and...
  7. Substrate
    I have a new Spec III (2.5 gallon) tank that I intend to keep shrimp in. It has Fluval Shrimp/Plant Stratum in it and is planted (jungle val and Montecarlo). I also have put several pieces of filter material & biomedia from an established tank in its filter section. I have, for about 11 days...
  8. Tank Journals
    After taking a 3 plus year hiatus from the hobby I am back. I have finally gotten into a trucking job that will allow me to home enough to take care of an aquarium. So far I have the hard scape completed and am now planning what plants to get. Due to my job I am only home twice a week so I am...
  9. Substrate
    Alright, so tomorrow I'm starting another tank. This time I'll be using Fluval Stratum. I bought some flourish tabs as well. Basically, I'm just wondering if these are something I should put it when I plant and setup the tank or if I should wait. If I place them, how should I do it? Directly...
  10. Tank Journals
    Hey everyone! So to start off my name is john and I came from a background of raising piranhas. I eventually stop due to the cost of feeding them and the amount of time I had to put on the side for crazy maintenance since they made such a mess, of course I'm not saying this is any easier. I'm...
  11. Substrate
    I am just setting up my first planted tank and bought the Fluval Flora kit. This is what my tank looked like after filling having rinsed the Fluval Stratum! Three days later it's settled a bit but any disturbance picks up a lot of dust. The filter is also making an awful whirring noise. I'm...
  12. Tank Journals
    This tank was sitting in my sister's garage for over a year so I decided to take it off her hands. My original plan was to make it into a shrimp tank. I added 2 bags of Fluval Stratum for shrimp. But then I started down a different path. I made some mistakes and will probably continue to make...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi I am new at aquarium planting.. I purchased -Java Fern -Amazon Sword -Dwarf Bacopa -Vallisneria nana -Oval Ludwigia they are not looking so great and a lot of the leaf's are thinning and the java fern has white clear spots on it I purchased fluval stratum substrate should I also purchase...
  14. Tank Journals
    What's up TPT, I'm actually active in a couple forums and I decided that with the success I'm having with my new project that I started, I thought I'd like to share here as well... And the story starts on 9/5/12... Well after a good few years back in the hobby, I decided to start yet another...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I just got a bag of Fluval Stratum Plant Substrate. I am transitioning from sand to substrate. I was wondering how I should cycle my tank. So far, I have put the substrate in and put some cycled water that I saved from my tank that I had sand in. Will the cycled water speed it up a bit? How long...
  16. Substrate
    Hi PT, im new to the planted aquarium game. I had just purchased the Fluval Stratum Substrate.I was wondering how im suppose to cycle this. I also have cycled water already that I saved from my aqaurium before transitioning to this substrate. Will this cycled water speed up the process? Ive...
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