Reddit Reddit reviews Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum, For Fish Tanks, 4.4 lbs., 12693

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Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum, For Fish Tanks, 4.4 lbs., 12693
Fluval Stratum is made of mineral rich volcanic soilStimulates strong aquarium plant growthPromotes neutral to mildly acidic pHSuitable for live plants or shrimp4.4 lb. bag
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17 Reddit comments about Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum, For Fish Tanks, 4.4 lbs., 12693:

u/Droidaphone · 10 pointsr/shrimptank

The two biggest challenges with all-in-one setups for shrimp is light (not enough) and waterflow (too much.) Shrimp really require live plants to thrive, and those plants need enough light to grow. It's hard to judge from pictures, but that tank's light seems like it MIGHT be adequate for low light plants. Shrimp also require very low waterflow. High waterflow will blow them around (they're tiny and light swimmers compared to fish) and they will easily get sucked onto the intakes of most filters. The tank you linked would need some modifications to be suitable for shrimp: at the very least it will need sponges or pantyhose covering the inlet and outlets, and the flow will need to be turned down to the lowest setting, probably.

So, it might work. But if you're interested in shrimp specifically, you might as well spend a small amount extra and build a custom setup that is tailored to them. You'd need:

  • a 10 gal tank (10 gal is cheaper to buy than 5, it's not any more work, and barely any more space.) Check thrift store for this if budget is a concern. You don't NEED a hood, unless you have kids or cats or something.

  • A sponge filter , aquarium tubing, and an air pump. This is the preferred filter type for shrimp. While we're discussing filters, make sure you understand the nitrogen cycle, and the basics of cycling a tank.

  • An aquarium heater and a thermometer. Don't stinge here. Maintaining a stable temperature is key.

  • A nice light. Doesn't have to pricey. A desk lamp and a daylight CFL bulb works great, but LEDs like thisare not much, either.

    I think all of that will run you roughly $75, give or take. Obviously, more expensive than the all-in-one, but it would result in a tank that would be easier for a beginner to succeed with.

    You'll also need to get some non-equipment essentials, like subtrate for planting in, a test-kit for monitoring your water, and obviously food, and a petri dish for feeding is highly recommended.

    Then you can get into plants and stuff. Whew! Sounds like a lot, I guess. It is, but it's worth it, and shrimp are definitely a good place to jump into aquariums.

u/Mr_Shiba · 8 pointsr/Aquariums

Hemianthus callitrichoides

Is not hard to grow, doesn't need that much light. It does prefer soft water with slightly acidic PH. I've found it grows quite easily with Fluval Shirmp Substrate which tends to lower PH.

I'm not using CO2 in any of my tanks

u/kehillah · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

something like this

u/AceKijani · 2 pointsr/shrimptank

Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum... here is an amazon link if you want it :)

u/ColdDonut · 2 pointsr/bettafish
u/Niwrad0 · 2 pointsr/shrimptank

The Tank

For the gravel I het a $5 discount card since I bought some cat toys, so I got that for $7 from Petco. I would recommend the fluval shrimp stratum though

Then I got this set of marimo balls

Got some pre-filter inlet covers

API Freshwater test kit for $20 from amazon

API GH KH test kit for $8 from amazon

a basic TDS electric meter for $10 from ebay

I got salty shrimp 100 grams for about $20 off ebay

Then I bought a piece of driftwood from the Pet store for $10

I got three java moss balls from the pet store for $6 each

Bought an Anubias plant from the pet store for I believe it was $12

I got 3 amano shrimp and 5 CRS from the pet store, prices vary so check your own pet store.

u/Ask461 · 1 pointr/bettafish

My amazon sword and anacharis loves it! Even my anubias attaches itself to the substrate even though it has a decor for itself. There's other substrate that has fertilizer for the plants but that's only an online purchase from Amazon.

I feel like it will help with keeping the tank healthy. When I changed out the substrate for another color I crashed my cycle. I asked Reddit and researched and finds out I killed a lot of good bacteria :/ But remember to get a siphon to clean it every week. I do about a 25% water change when I clean the substrate. For the plants, since I just have this substrate from petco, I add weekly or bi weekly leaf zone, also found at petco. It does what the fertilizer substrate would do.

This is the fertilizer substrate from Amazon:

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u/Jo0ples · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Thank you so much this has been a great help!

I have one lonely shrimp in my betta tank because for some reason he kills everything else apart from her and I can vouch for the poop on light sand, haha!

Edit: is the this the sort of stuff I'd be looking at for substrate?

u/queenmelisandre · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Do you need like a giant bag or something? Not sure how big your tank is. But this here is only 27 pounds

Theres also Fluval stratum that's said to be good too

u/Nezsa · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Hmm, I don't think I've ever encountered a substrate guide like that, but based on the plants and fish you want to stock, you'll have success with either aquasoil, or sand+RootTabs.

If you weren't looking for a dark sand I would suggest going to your local hardware store and picking up Pool filter sand, but unfortunately it's usually white.

I've heard great things from Black Diamond blasting sand, but I'm not sure if it's available in Canada.

If you go to any of the pet stores near you, you'll probably be able to find "CaribSea Super Naturals" sand, which works well and it pretty commonly available.

For soil, I used Fluval Aquasoil for my first heavily planted tank, and it worked well. It's a bit expensive, but since you're setting up such a small tank I don't think it'll be too bad. I'm guessing a 4.4lb bag will be enough, but please double check!

u/TheLiqourCaptain · 1 pointr/Aquariums

I'm starting a new shrimp tank and want it to be well planted. What suggestions to you have? I think I'll get a glass square cut and 3D print mounts and maybe buy a larger light. Any suggestions on plants? I don't want to pump in CO2.

Substrate: Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum, 4.4-Pound

Tank (4 Gal): Vepotek AQUARIUM FISH TANK NANO Kit 4 Gallons w/LED light and filter

u/Elhazar · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Well, it does is a hard challenge for a beginner, but doing a properly carpeted nano-Aquascape (~20l <=> ~5g <=> ~2.0 × 10^-2 m^3) with DIY CO2 and a small sponge filter is doable in <150$

A quick, small suggestion:

Tank, ~13l <=> 3.4g, 40$

Soil, 20$

Light, 40$

stones, 25$

Filter, 10$,

1 pot Monte carlo or some other easy carpet plant at your lfs: 8€

We‘re left with 7$ for ~4 RCS, I guess.

I assumed you construct you DIY CO2 from an old bottle with sugar and yeast, so 0$ effetivly.

For cycling and food some free samples of fish food does the job. When food rots it emits ammonia, that could be used for cycling.

So here we go, every thing ready for a nice iwagumi-aquascape. If you do well, it might looks like this (That Tank has HC as carpet, but Monte carlo looks similar)!

Well, if you‘re willing to put up a dozens of hours on studying to to properly keep a planted tank.

edit: Wrong link for tank, this was the one I mistakenly linked to. Still a nice, small tank, tho. Also some additions for clearance.

u/MCubb · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

You mean this stuff, right?:

I was looking at that, but ultimately, potting soil has more nutrients in it (and it's what I'm used to using in all other aspects of my life), and I just prefer the idea of roots going into real soil.

So with that in mind, would you suggest the stratum as a cap? Or is that too light for a cap?