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I have UP Shrimp Sand Micro in my 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank. Been up and running for several months now. Is all doing fine so far!

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Jake said it best

ADA Aquasoil

Azoo Plant Grower Bed - a single bag will be more than enough for a 10gal

UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is good but over priced, likely need 3 bags

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is okay, cheap
 

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gmoses: I guess a better way to do this is to ask your budget for substrate. What's your ideal price point?

I think ADA Aquasoil is the best product out of the ones I mentioned. But you'll have to endure a month of cycling. Which isn't a bad thing - running a tank for a month before adding shrimp really benefits them and allows their environment to be nice and established before they move in.
 

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if your kinda in a rush and need to go on the cheap side i have been running fluval shrimp stratum since feb and added shrimp right off the bat. i did have alot of moss and things from other tanks in there for the biofim to start them out with. and it has worked well for me
 

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My Fluval Ebi has Fluval Shrimp substrate as well. Been up and running since August. Is working fine.

Like Wicca, I put the shrimp in shortly after set up using well aged driftwood and plants with a daily dose of Nutrafin Cycle to keep things running right.

My tap is crap so I use either RO or distilled water.

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How's the Azoo Plant Grower bed? Does it leak out ammonia like Aquasoil?
If you're looking for buffering, there are several options.

ADA Aquasoil

Azoo Plant Grower Bed - a single bag will be more than enough for a 10gal

UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is good but over priced, likely need 3 bags

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is okay, cheap

Several others on the market.
 

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what i can offer as advise is... what i did (it's a pain DON'T)

i used caribsea ecocomplete planted, to 1/2 to 3/4 depth and upaqua shrimp sand over... well... they have mixed on the top (only the top of course) from moving plants - i'm a girl, and i'm fickle so plants get moved deal with it ;) LOL (lectures on moving substrate are always allowed)

my amanos seem to enjoy 'remixing' it on me when ever i separate it. i just did another tank the same way (i didn't have enough of either to do it 100% and you can't possibly plant in upaqua shrimp sand... it's all floaty) but i only have blue velvets, so they are okay.. and i will not replant it (often) as it's only 8x8 (okay so it's on it's 3rd 'fix) shhh...

i'm sure someone has a better way.. but i do like the upaqua product A LOT that is the problem.
 

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Hey Rob,

I still have my bag of shrimp sand and have been debating on using it. Did you have to cycle it?

I have UP Shrimp Sand Micro in my 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank. Been up and running for several months now. Is all doing fine so far!

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