Fluval Stratum is the ideal substrate for stimulating the growth of aquatic plants in freshwater aquariums. Plant roots easily penetrate and spread throughout the substrate, allowing plants to obtain a variety of key, readily available nutrients that will make them flourish. The addition of Fluval Plant Micro Nutrients will ensure a full complement of essential macro and micro nutrients. The substrates light, non-compacting, porous structure is also highly beneficial to nitrifying bacteria, which rapidly colonize the vast porous surface, providing optimal water quality for plants. Fluval Stratum's inherent properties will support a neutral to slightly pH, ideal for most plant species and species of tropical fish or shrimp normally kept in planted aquariums. Fluval Stratum also provides newborn shrimp with the ideal refuge, allowing them to escape predation until they are large enough to emerge. This highly attractive substrate will not discolor water and helps control organic discoloration usually present when natural driftwood is used.
How Much Should I Use?
Recommended minimum depth: 1.18" - 1.57"
Directions: Gently rinse Fluval Stratum in a large colander or similar device without agitating the substrate to remove fine dust particles. Place the contents requires into an empty aquarium. Place dish or something similar on top of Fluval Stratum when filling the aquarium to minimize disruption of the substrate. It may take several hours before aquarium water becomes clear, temporary turbidity is safe for shrimp.
Caution: Do not stir the stratum. Do not mix with other gravels. Handle the granules with care when changing water.
Important: When performing partial water changes avoid excessive turbulence of this substrate with a gravel washer. This substrate is not intended for use with fish that would actively dig and move it about the aquarium, not for use with fish such as many African and Central American cichlids or goldfish and Koi. This product is not for use in marine or brackish water aquariums.
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