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Fluval Shrimp Stratum

by Fluval

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8.8-Pound
  • Substrate for freshwater aquariums only
  • Does not discolor water, and helps control organic discoloration usually present when natural driftwood is used
  • Provides newborn shrimp with the ideal refuge, allowing them to escape predation until they are grown
  • Similar to the Fluval Plant Stratum, however its smaller composition makes it ideal for shrimp to climb on
  • Recommended depth is 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches
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Product Details

Size: 8.8-Pound
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 8 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004EPUL8S
  • Item model number: 12686
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,373 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

Size: 8.8-Pound

Fluval Shrimp Stratum is the ideal substrate for shrimp and planted aquariums featuring a light non-compacting porous structure. Its ideal properties as an aquarium substrate are highly beneficial to nitrifying bacteria which rapidly colonize the vast porous surface, providing optimal water quality for shrimp. Fluval Shrimp Stratum will provide new-born shrimp with the ideal refuge, allowing them to escape predation until they are large enough to emerge. Plants flourish as their roots easily spread and take advantage of available nutrients. The inherent properties of Fluval Shrimp Stratum will help support a neutral to slightly acidic pH, ideal for most shrimp and plant species. This highly attractive substrate does not discolor water, and helps control organic discoloration usually present when natural driftwood is used. For aquariums less than 18 inches, use one 4.4-pound bag of Stratum; 18-inch aquariums require one 8.8-pound bag of Stratum; 24-inch aquariums require two 8.8-pound bags and 35-inch aquariums require two 8.8-pound bags.

Customer Reviews

The shrimps seem to love it.
Amazon Customer
The stuff is Quite light and vacuuming is a pain.
keith
Ph is 6.4 and water is crystal clear.
Rod Donhoff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oh on August 23, 2011
Size Name: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
Pretty good stuff for shrimp tank. I use it on all my shrimps tanks. This stuff make keeping CRS, OEBT and, Cherry very easy. A bit light but settle well and don't cloud the water. It keep the PH low and gorw plant just fine.

Update:
09/29/11 Somehow the survival rate of the CRS and OEBT shrimplets are very low. Severial berries but only 3 babies survies so far. They are in 2 difference tank. Neocaridina (cherry veriaties) breeds like roaches. I changes out the products both tank with Akadama soils, and crushed bricks. Will update if it make any difference. But so it's not that impressive with Caridina.

Update:
10/11/11 The rest of my OEBT hatched fine in crush brick and serveral Crystal shrimplets are swimming around on Akadama. Conclusion: in my experience, I would only use this stuff for Neo. Don't waste your money if you are into a more expensive shrimps. This stuff is not good for survival rate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 150EH on December 12, 2011
Size Name: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
I used this in a 2.5 gallon nano and it buffers the water nicely if you want a shrimp tank, I saw a nice drop in pH, kH, & gH, but this substrate is extremely light so I would not recommend it for use with fish and definitely not for bottom dwelling fish. I planted some low light, low growth plants along with a couple high light, high growth plants and everything is doing well, but I still wouldn't use this in a tank any larger than 5 gallons and never with fish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan D Jedinak on October 19, 2012
Size Name: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
I've had very good luck with this substrate. I was a bit worried, because others have mentioned problems such as difficulty planting with it and breakdown over time. I've had good experiences on both fronts--I planted my 2nd tank with FSS with dwarf hairgrass, and I thought it would be a royal pain to slip in all the individual nodes. In the end it was a compete non-issue, and the hairgrass actually rooted more quickly and solidly than in Eco complete (which I have in another tank). The only item I had trouble planting was a heavy stem plant--for those, you'll want to weight or temporarily cover with a rock, etc. until they root.

Shrimp seem to thrive in tanks with FSS, although I have noticed a fairly severe pH buffering effect for the first few weeks, so be careful or you can have some die off. This seems to fade over time so if you need big buffering you will have to augment or look elsewhere. Once established, shrimp breed like rabbits (I have RCS and Blueberry Shrimp), and seem to enjoy themselves. I've had no real soil breakdown to speak of in about 8 months, but I will keep watch on it. No need to wash this beforehand, by the way; in fact, there are nice small granules n there you'll probably lose if you wash it. I had no problems with dirtying up the water at all, if you fill your tank intelligently, you won't have issues with clarity.

As a parting thought, I would like to mention the "look," I personally find this quite attractive for substrate; the dark color shows many types of shrimps, fish, and snails well, and it looks nice in photos. The only potential negative is it is ate dark--if you put very dark species against it, you won't get the same effect as a light species. In that case, you may want a lighter-colored substrate. Otherwise, thumbs up all around from me. Just watch that pH buffering effect for a bit, depending on your water type you may have some instability for a few weeks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alpha on January 22, 2013
Size Name: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
From my experience Stratum takes my pH down by .2 which no ammonia leaching. Keeps my shrimp and wallet happy!

Update- I have had this substrate for close to a year now and my Crystal Red Shrimp have bred like crazy with minimal water changes. The substrate is also still in its original pellet format, although I no longer seem to have the pH lowering. Still a fantastic product!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JimmyBlues on June 5, 2014
Size Name: 8.8-Pound Verified Purchase
I purchased an 8.8 LB bag of Fluval shrimp stratum to use in two of my planted aquaria, and the dwarf hairgrass that I have grown in this substrate have done extremely well - a lush green color that rapidly carpeted the bottom of these tanks., and My red cherry shrimp also seem to be very comfortable with this substrate, which highlights their bright red coloration.

The only caveat regarding this product concerns the enormous price swings here on Amazon.com. For example, a few months ago I purchased an 8.8 LB bag of Fluval shrimp stratum for about $16. A week later it was $30 and now it is
about $60!

So it really pays to shop around before you purchase this substrate in order to avoid getting hosed, since for I paid I could have had nearly (4) 8.8 LB bags of this substrate for what the retailers on Amazon are no selling one bag of this substrate for.

Another important point here is that dwarf shrimp tend to not do well in tanks that use injected CO2. So if you want a nice carpeted tank using a plant like dwarf hairgrass, microsword or baby tears, you should grow your plants using injected CO2 before adding your dwarf shrimp to the tank. As long as you continue to use a fairly high amount of lighting and
fertilizer root tabs, your carpeting plants should do well, however, they will not grow with the same intensity as they did with injected CO2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soundwav2010 on October 1, 2013
Size Name: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
As the titles says, I used this for a 2 gallon planted shrimp tank, supplemented with a dosing regimen that allowed for my plants to quickly take root and thrive. I would use this again.
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