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Any one know what kind of substrate are these?
Found two bucket from my dad's old fish items.
They looks like ADA soil, but are they still usable?


 

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Looks like ADA to me too (with lots of MTS shells). This susbstrate is currently dry, correct?

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Stuart
 

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Looks more like RedSea Florabase to me. The ADA color is darker brown almost black. Whereas the Florabase is a reddish brown much like yours.
 

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the florabase I am using is alot more red than that.
If you look closely you can see red granules mixed in. Perhaps well used florabase?
 

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I dried up a portion of it and it turns like that. Its been sitting outside so it is damped.
Wonder if I should even use it?
 

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that is ADA, I had some and when it sits it's not as dark. I would say it is fine to use but if your setting up a shrimp tank I would let it cycle for atleast 2 months before adding shrimp...

especially CRS if their cherries 3 weeks, and make sure you do heavy water changes when you first add it in.

After adding the substrate, on the 3rd day do 80% WC, 6th day 50%, 12th day 30% then continue weekly. I also forgot 1 thing adding a seeded filter and used tank water can speed up the cycling process....
 

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Don't bother with the used tank water, but do use a seeded filter, especially with the ADA as it spikes ammonia hard core.
 
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