Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate

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  • Substrate that promotes the growth of freshwater plants in your aquarium.
  • Made from a clay-based material with a unique spherical shape.
  • Shape maintains its form over time and doesn’t breakdown into compressed soil.
  • Creates healthy root systems to allow newly budding and mature plants to grow and flourish.
  • Ideal for use with freshwater shrimp, snails and tropical fish.

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Questions & Answers

13 Customer Questions

How many bags of substrate are needed for a 10 gallon aquarium ?
Answer by ChewyAug 18, 2019
3 bags of this substrate would fit a 10 gallon tank. In general you can use 1.5 pounds of gravel substrate for each gallon of water in the tank.

What color is this substrate?
Answer by ChewyAug 02, 2021
This substrate is a dark brown color.

Does this substrate lower pH?
Answer by ChewyOct 16, 2019
This substrate is not formulated to lower pH. However, it does allow for newly budding and mature plants’ root systems to grow and flourish; and an excellent option for aquascaping freshwater aquariums.

Can this be mixed with normal gravel substrate
Answer by ChewyNov 25, 2019
For best results it is not recommended to blend substrate however, this can be mixed with gravel substrate, if desired.

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Rated 3.7647 out of 5 stars
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17 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By MV on Oct 3, 2023


The 2 bags of substrate were ripped and I lost about half a bag each.. when I unboxed the order the substrate went all over the place...

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Juriannah on Jun 15, 2023

I received the bag and the rest of my order a day later than intended, and it showed up in horrible condition. The box was smashed and there was a hole in the bag, but besides that, my substrate was intact and I immediately rinsed it before putting it in my tank. It’s looking good so I wont complain too much.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Neno on Mar 17, 2023

Holds my plants fine

I like this substrate. It makes my shrimp look great. 1 bag was just enough for my 5.5 gallon about an inch deep and my plants are held in just fine. I do plant before I add water...maybe that's the problem others are having?

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Dirt on Mar 7, 2023

Work great but pricey and not a lot

i bought 3 bags and it gave me about an inch in my 20 gal tall kept my amano shrimp alive and water was well enough for eggs to hatch

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jackalope on Jun 17, 2022
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Definitely buy more than you think you need!

I bought the bundle of 2 as bag says to use 1 to 2 lbs per gallon and I've a 10 gallon freshwater I wanted to plant. I am going to be buying another bundle of 2 lol. That said it is very clean substrate, washed it very minimally and was ready to use super quick. I'm excited to get my plants in!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Luna on Feb 13, 2022

Its okay just use it different

I wanted to get this as a thing to act as substrate for mt tank but it doesn't look good, the pieces are all the same size and i was expecting like the fluval stratum. Ill be using it but youll gave to cap it off with sand or gravel, it works fine for plants just not apealing to the eye.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By GeekyGirlM on Jul 13, 2021

Best Substrate

I run 12 tanks. I also breed and sell fish and snails. This sub is best for tanks you need to vacuum often. The clay balls lift up just enough to get under and do not get vacuumed out. I read many saying it doesn't hold their plants. My plants thrive in it. Not sure how it anchors faux plants as I only use live plants. I am slowly changing over all my tanks to have this. (Except snail only tanks.)

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By dude on Aug 27, 2021

smaller than you think

This package is smaller than you think. When in doubt buy two. Make sure to follow directions. Works great! Slow breakdown and release of nutrients. Recommend a root tab for newer plants. Great product!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Mewo on Jul 2, 2021

Could not hold plants

Put the plants in yesterday. Almost half of them float up today

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Saya on Nov 12, 2020

Not durable too light

It's really light and not good for plants to sink their root into. The color keeps coming off and it did not help my plants. It's brown in the outer part but mine broke down into the inner red ish color. I recommend u spend the extra 10 bucks on something else like eco complete.