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I was wondering what substrate you would reccomend for a 10 gallon shrimp tank I am going to set up. I saw that you can put a layer of potting soil under the substrate in the December 2009 Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine and I was wondering if this works good? Has anyone tried it? I don't want to pay a whole lot for substrate so I thought the dirt under gravel method would be an inexpensive way to go.
 

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Shrimp Tank Substrate

I have had good luck with Miracle Gro Organic potting soil for a tank with ghost (glass) shrimp. I have a layer of Black Fluorite coarse sand over the potting soil. It is a planted 3 gal with crypts. They are a blast to watch :fish1:
 

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I have had good luck with Miracle Gro Organic potting soil for a tank with ghost (glass) shrimp. I have a layer of Black Fluorite coarse sand over the potting soil. It is a planted 3 gal with crypts. They are a blast to watch :fish1:
I'm glad that worked out for you, but it isn't something I'd normally recommend. Potting soil is full of ferts and can cause serious water quality issues, especially with ammonia.
 

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Potting Soil as Substrate

Actually you're a little misinformed. The organic potting soil doesn't come with the bad fertilizer granules etc. The one I use is one of the ones Diana Walsted has used as well.
 
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