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    Default Fluval Stratum volcanic soil in brackish water


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    I am just trying to prepare a new tank with brackish water for my bumblebee gobies and some plants (only a java fern at the moment, I want to do my research before getting anymore).
    I was talked into buying a bag of Fluval Stratum today and I felt rushed in the store so I didn't have a proper look at the stuff until I got home. On the back of the packet it says "not for use in marine or brackish water aquariums".
    Can anyone tell me why this volcanic soil is not good in brackish water?
    P.S. I'm new here and new to tropical/brackish fish, try if to learn as much as possible!

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    I'm trying* to learn as much as possible! Haha
    So please help me!

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    Hello and welcome to the forum! Sorry, the time in which you posted, not too many members are on. lol We're waking up now. It looks like from what I can tell, this substrate is designed for a planted freshwater aquarium. Which means it has nutrients specific for plants. However, in a saltwater or brackish water tank you will end up with a high nutrient content since you don't have plants to consume them. (Yes you have java fern but that isn't going to cut it). Nutrient levels are not good in a SW/BW set up. I would suggest getting a SW specific substrate such as argonite or crushed coral.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    Since you are new to the world of fish and this is your first set up, I want to just put a link to the fishless cycle here in case you haven't already seen it. :)

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    Thanks so much! :)

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    Also Pm showmebutterfly, she is working on a BW setup now and can help you :)


    Also welcome to the AC :)
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    Hooray! Another brackish tank! Woot! Woot!
    I have no idea about the soil, but return it if you can. It may have to do with how it might affect the pH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLemon View Post
    I am just trying to prepare a new tank with brackish water for my bumblebee gobies and some plants (only a java fern at the moment, I want to do my research before getting anymore).
    I was talked into buying a bag of Fluval Stratum today and I felt rushed in the store so I didn't have a proper look at the stuff until I got home. On the back of the packet it says "not for use in marine or brackish water aquariums".
    Can anyone tell me why this volcanic soil is not good in brackish water?
    P.S. I'm new here and new to tropical/brackish fish, try if to learn as much as possible!
    I've been doing a bit of research. As far as I've been able to figure out - the volcanic soil may lower pH. Brackish and marine fish and critters tend to prefer fairly high pH. I am going to guess that's why it's not recommended.

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    That's what I thought and I will be returning it today and hopefully picking up something else...
    I've got a few things in mind for my substrate, I'm just not sure what my best option is and if I can mix any of these things or layer them.

    Here's the list:

    Aragonite
    Sand (any recommendations?)
    Crushed coral
    Vermiculite (good for the plants)
    Laterite (also good for plants)

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    Alright I've got work tomorrow and not much time before the shops close here... so I'm going to see what they've got at a couple different shops and hopefully I'll find something good! I'll let you know what I come home with...

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