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Fluval Plant Stratum, 4.4-Pound

by Fluval
29 customer reviews

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  • Substrate for freshwater aquariums only
  • Does not discolor water, and helps control organic discoloration usually present when natural driftwood is used
  • Stimulates strong plant growth
  • Provides optimal water quality for fish
  • Recommended depth is 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches

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Product Description

Fluval Plant Stratum is the ideal substrate for 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 fish. Plant roots easily penetrate and spread within the Fluval Plant Stratum allowing plants to flourish and obtain a variety of key nutrients. The inherent properties of Fluval Plant Stratum will help support a neutral to slightly acidic pH, ideal for most plant species and species of tropical fish normally kept in planted aquariums. 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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 11 inches ; 4.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004H1STY2
  • Item model number: 12690
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,444 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Y. Plescow on March 24, 2012
Size: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
This is my first real experience with having a planted tank, and so far (after about a month) the plants seem to be doing pretty well. I have water wisteria, java fern, and amazon swords. I haven't yet added fish in, as it's just at the last part of cycling. I'm planning on adding driftwood shortly, as apparently this substrate helps neutralise the tannins that would seep out and discolor the water.

I do not have a green thumb (at all, haha!), and so far I'm surprised none of my plants have melted or given me any trouble. I've even pruned some of the wisteria in half (twice) and it still seems to be doing well! I agree with the other reviews to wash the substrate well -- even then, it took my tank almost 2 days to become perfectly clear. If I disturb the substrate now it'll be cloudy for an hour or two, but always becomes crystal clear afterwards. A filter definitely speeds up the process. Sometimes my plants become a bit dusty, but if I brush them any of the dust comes right off. The pH has been lower (in the 6-7 range), so if that's a major concern for you I would look at getting a different substrate.

Would I recommend it or use it again? Definitely!

I did read that you can use regular sterile potting soil or peat for aquatic plants, but as I haven't tried that yet this seems to be a good alternative. It says on the package not to mix different substrates (sand, gravel, etc) with this particular stratum, and as I haven't tried that either I can't say what will happen! In my non-scientific opinion, it would probably just look a bit funky.

Good luck with your own planted aquarium, and I hope you'll have as much fun as I have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bankruptjojo on October 21, 2012
Size: 8.8-Pound
very good stuff, anything i put in my 8g fluval grows like crazy. i have seachem sand i also like, gravel plants do fine. but this stuff is great. its a lil hard to keep some plants down but once they root its off the the races. i am growing some HC with great results its pearling like crazy.

just so you know what else im using in the 8g.
2 fluval 13w lights
under gravel heater
zoomed canister filter
5lb co2 tank with fluval diffuser
only a betta in it...

im planning on using this for my future 75g discus tank. either this or ada aquasoil witch ever is cheaper. they are basically the same thing.

if you want to check my tank out here is a link...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unihiron on June 18, 2013
Size: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
This was my first start in planted aquarium making. This substrate was there right price and right amount of material I needed to fill in my nano tank. It is initially very very dusty like they all say..I did a lot of rinsing. But there is something I tried that seemed to be very effective:

Rise as much as you possibly can. After that, place in your tank and carefully pour water in it as to not agitate the substrate further. After that, let your filter run and take out some of the dust and let the particles settle. After that is done, do a 50% water change, clean off your filter and carefully re-fill the tank. Wait for your tank to start making its nitrogen cycle then add fish. After that first water change, the water came out very very clear. If you wish, do another partial water change but I shouldn't be necessary.

It is time consuming, but it is worth it for your plants.

The plants I put in there a few days ago are already growing long white roots through the substrate. It seems the plants really like this material. I would by this again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanna Varrichio on February 25, 2014
Size: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
I have several planted aquariums and have used many different substrates including Eco-Complete, natural soil/dirted, natural sand, fine and coarse river gravel and so far this is my favorite. It's important to understand it is a pelleted simi-soft clay not a hard gravel. That is why you get a lot of dust when doing the initial rinse. The most important difference between this substrate and others like Eco-Complete is that plant roots can penetrate the pellets like they would in a natural clay or soil river bottom. I have found it to be nearly impossible to get ground covers or delicate plants to grow in gravel. Eco -Complete is like ground up lava rock; light weigh and sharp where as this is thousands of little balls or soft clay. The tanks that I have used Stratum grow plants wonderfully without any algae, tannin staining or gas bubbles like I get in my dirted tanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Padgett on October 10, 2013
Size: 8.8-Pound Verified Purchase
First things first. Rinse this substrate! It can be very dusty and after a bit of experimentation, it really, really needs to be rinsed with a strainer of some sort. At first, I tried the usual cutting the bag open and running a hose in it and stirring it by hand. Since this is so soft, the pellets start to fall apart when greatly agitated, but with a colander, they rinsed clean within seconds.

On the bag it says not to mix this substrate with other types of gravel- it's so light that it doesn't mix well, is the main reason, I think. I did, however, have luck using it as a layer underneath regular aquarium gravel.

The plants do seem to respond well to it, even after a few days and I'm eager to see how well they do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven Sharpe on August 14, 2013
Size: 4.4-Pound Verified Purchase
I've always had issues with trying to grow aquarium plants before, but this did the trick.

It's very dusty, but it will settle in a few hours and the water will clear up.

I have it in a little 2-gallon with an amazon sword plant and the plant is doing very well. I was cleaning the tank the other day and was pleased to find a lot of new root growth. In fact, I had to trim the plant back significantly because of how well it was growing.
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