Question Fluval Stratum Contains Ammonia?

Does fluval stratum contain ammonia?

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Jasminesaquarium

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I have decided to change my substrate from gravel to fluval stratum plant substrate, I have already ordered it online but just now a came across a video and the guy reviewing the stratum says it contains ammonia! Help I have an completely cycled tank with fish and the last thing I want is an ammonia strike! Does fluval stratum really contain ammonia? And if so is there a way to get rid of the ammonia before putting it in the tank?
 

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I've not heard of it containing ammonia, though, if you're doing a complete substrate change there's always the chance you remove enough BB from the old substrate to cause a spike anyway. If you are worried you could always soak some in a jug for a while with water and then test the water parameters just to make sure?
 
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I've not heard of it containing ammonia, though, if you're doing a complete substrate change there's always the chance you remove enough BB from the old substrate to cause a spike anyway. If you are worried you could always soak some in a jug for a while with water and then test the water parameters just to make sure?
Thx good idea! I will change it in stages as not to remove all the good bacteria at once!
 

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Jasminesaquarium said:
Thx good idea! I will change it in stages as not to remove all the good bacteria at once!
Something you could do is putting some of the old substrate in a pair of tights or something and letting them sit in the tank for a bit. Also if you put the mud substrate in a jug or bottle and fill it with water first and then put it into the tank I tend to find it kicks up less dirt. I only mention because I recently did the same switch in my tank that you're doing!
 
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Something you could do is putting some of the old substrate in a pair of tights or something and letting them sit in the tank for a bit. Also if you put the mud substrate in a jug or bottle and fill it with water first and then put it into the tank I tend to find it kicks up less dirt. I only mention because I recently did the same switch in my tank that you're doing!
Ty for the tips! I'll definitely try that!
 

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