Shrimpygirl Posted September 8, 2020 Report Share Posted September 8, 2020 My mind is spinning with all the information. I’m stuck in a rabbit hole. I’m using a active substrate Fluval stratum that buffers to 6.8 atm. I’m told by some they need inert which doesn’t alter PH. And I’ve heard some say there shrimp are doing good in FS. My shrimp seam to be doing good. There’s 5 3 girls and 2 boys. 2 of my girls are saddled and one is about to have babies. I’m not seeing any molting problems. They have been in this tank for 2 months. The soil is at least 4 months old. I put them in after cycling was complete a little over a month. I’m using cuttlebone bone, shrimp and snail mineral blocks from marks shrimp tank and montmorillonite clay. Tank: 15 gallon fluval flex Water parameters: My PH is 6.8-7 nitrite 0 nitrate 0.5 ammonia 0 GH usually 4 but now with the stuff from MST it’s a 5, KH 4. That’s with tap water. My tap ph is a little high 8s GH/KH i cant remember I’ll have to check when I come home. I plan on using RO water remineralize SS. Inhabitants: Rili shrimp 3 oto catfish 1 Zebra Nerite Plants: anubias nana petite Java fern Moss balls Jungle Val Hornwart Amazon fern Fertilizer: Thrive-S Should I stick with the substrate I’m using? And SS GH+ or should I go to something inert like black Diamond sand which is coal slag? I’ve heard the good and the bad with this. Some of the bad.Oily substance or turning the water rusty color! Yuck! If I go inert I will use SS GH/KH with RO water. I want to get off the tap water definitely!! Any thoughts about Instagram black sand? Or flourite black sand it’s a little pricey for me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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