Fluval Substrate Stratum For Shrimp And Plants. Water Be Brown!

  1. japswe

    japswe Initiate Member

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    I rinsed the substrate as described and the water is so brown. Will this settle quickly? Looking for input from people who have use this, I hear it's great for the plants and shrimp though! Using a Fluval Edge 6 gallon with equipped filter.

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  2. april_fish

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    I haven't used this substrate before but I heard it works great for shrimp and planted tanks!

    Did you add the substrate first then the water or the water first?

    How did you rinse the substrate?
     


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    Rinsed the substrate first trying to mix it around too much using a large bowl and strainer. The granules are very light and breaks easy which I assume is all the dark stuff. Added water after placing in tank. Sure hope it clears as I don't want to start over
     
  4. VioletSS

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    I just put this in my tank a couple days ago. First time using.
    I read to rinse it 3x, so I rinsed mine pretty well and didn't get that cloudiness.
    I do wonder if I may have over rinsed, but that's "water under the bridge now" (har har).
    Let it sit - it will eventually settle. :)
     
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    Yeah it should clear up soon :)

    Good luck!

    Have you decided what you will stock the tank with?
     
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    My plan is some velvet blue shrimp, cherry shrimp and a snail or two. I have some spare moss balls in another tank that I'll add too along with several plants. Trying for that lawn look, it's so pretty bright green against dark substrate :)
     
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    Yes - it's my first time using the dark substrate and I LOVE how the plants look with it. Show us how it looks when it's planted!
     
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    Nope. Give it a day or 3 lol. It is what it is. Ha.

    It will clear. Just be patient. I have learned that is THE key to higher end soil tanks. Patience. Ugh.
     
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    Just know if you keep blue velvet and red cherry together they will breed together and you will have brown "wild color" babies.
     
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    Who told you to rinse it? Rule #1 of soil based substrates is don't disturb it ;)
     
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    Stratum says to rinse. Through a strainer briefly.
     


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    Yikes! Honestly I would ignore that in the future and just do water changes to remove any dust, without disturbing the soil in any way.
     
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    I did not rinse mine. Ha. It settled. I do have more dust when moving stuff in the lower levels of my tank with the stratum. Where I have built up with ada Amazonia I have 0 dust when moving things.