This shrimp substrate is mainly for shrimp tanks. I just have 3 metalic blue endlers in that tank, 1 tiny tiny BN pleco baby, 1 horned netrate snail. Adding my black cyrstal shrimps when I get them on wednesday.
Bag says this below:
Provides safe environment for new born shrimps. Fluval shrimp stratum is the ideal substrate for shrimp and planted aquariums, featuring a light non compacting prous structure. It's ideal properties as a aquarium substrate are highly beneficial to nitrifying bacteria which rapidly colonize the vast porous surface providing optimal water quality for shrimps.
The ideal bottom substrate will provide new born shrimp with the ideal refuge, allowing them to escape predation until they are large enough to emerge. Plants florish as their roots easily spread to take advantage of available nutrients. The use of Nutrifin plant fertilizer sticks and Plant Gro will ensure a full compliment of essential macro and micro nutrients.
The inherent properties of Fluval Shrimp Stratum will help suppost a neutral to slighly acidic ph, ideal for most shrimp and plant plant species. This highly attractive substrate will not discolor water and helps to control organic discoloration usally present when natural driftwood is used.
This pkg. has CAUTION:
Do not stir the stratum. Do not mix with other gravels, Handle the granules with care when changing water. avoid excessive turbuience with a gravel washer. Not intended for use with fish that actively dig .This product is not for use with marine or brackish water aquariums. Place a dish or something or something similar on top of Fluval Shrimp Stratum when filling the aquarium to minimize disruption of the substrate. It may take several hours before aquarium water becomes clear,temorary turbidity is safe for shrimps.
I read some blogs on this stuff on www.shrimpnow.com
Some people that used this in their shrimp tanks said that it lowers the PH of the water. One guy had a PH of 7.2 and it lowered it to 6 or lower. This is suppost to be good for the plants also.
I used the shrimp subrate with some black sand I had 1/2 Black sand and 1/2 Fluval Stratum. Black sand is good for plants also as it has a high iron content. Besides blk.sand or blk. substrate looks amazing with live plants and I have a black background on my tanks so the plants and the colorful occupants are the showcase as they look amazing. This is only true with lighter colored fish or fish that have brighter colors.
The Crystal shrimps like softer water to breed. Cherry shrimps are ok with a wider range of water parameteres that is why Crystal shrimps are a step up if you want to keep these shrimps. I read that the higher grade shrimps are more fussy about the water conditions then the lower grade ones. I am getting the lower grade ones I found on Aquabid to try out. The higher grade ones at my local fish store sell for $5 each. If they do well I can always add a few higher grade ones in the mix.
I hope this information is handy for some of you that want to try this stuff out. Other people that tried it seemed to like it.