Fluval Plant & Shrimp Stratum Plant Care

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Rated 4.6923 out of 5 stars


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About This Item


  • Ideal substrate for freshwater aquariums, controls organic discoloration and keeps newborn shrimp safe
  • Mineral rich volcanic soil does not discolor water
  • Stimulates strong plant growth
  • Provides newborn shrimp refuge from predators
  • Helps plants and nitrifying bacteria flourish, and promotes neutral to mildly acidic pH

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Fish TypeBetta, Cichlid, Goldfish, Tropical FreshwaterTropical FreshwaterMarine Fish, Tropical FreshwaterMarine Fish, Tropical Freshwater
Aquarium TypeFreshwaterFreshwaterSaltwater, FreshwaterSaltwater, Freshwater

Questions & Answers

6 Customer Questions

Which bag size would be best recommended for a 20 gallon long?
Answer by ChewyMay 28, 2019
Determining how much substrate to buy for your new aquarium depends on the size and shape of your tank, as well as the depth of the substrate bed you wish to achieve. We suggest 1 pound of substrate per gallon, to achieve a 1 inch bed or 2 pounds per gallon, for a 2 inch deep bed. In general, for a 20 gallon tank you'd need 20-40 pounds of substrate.

what is the lifespan of this subtrate?
Answer by ChewyApr 22, 2019
The maximum lifespan of this product is 2 years.

Can you add it to existing gravel in your aquarium? And ifmso, would there be any special considerations?
Answer by ChewyJul 20, 2018
It is recommended to keep this product by itself to receive the best results.

I was wondering if this is safe for snails ?
Answer by ChewyDec 26, 2021
This substrate can be used in a freshwater aquarium with snails.

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Rated 4.6923 out of 5 stars
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26 Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Coco on May 21, 2023

Rooting plant cuttings

I bought this the a recommendation that it’s good for rooting houseplant cuttings. It did not disappoint! I have several cuttings I was trying to root in water with little success. After a few days in damp stratum almost all the cuttings had a ton of new root growth or developing root buds. Only 4 stars because it’s pretty expensive for how small the bag is.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By PetPrincess on Mar 31, 2023

Not the best option

In a bind I purchased this product. Overall it is ok and feels softer than Caribsea which I have been using for years. What I do not like is the cloudiness of the water created by the substate. Additionally even after it has been in tne aquarium for some time, if you move it around, it causes the water to become cloudy again. So its not a terrible product but my preference remains Caribsea.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ricky on Nov 13, 2022

A must for plan's of a planted tank!

I decided on this product after doing my due diligence. After doing a few water changes over a few day's, to minimize the cloudiness of this substrate. But after the initial introduction and You format your tank. You will then realize just how special this substrate really is. Not only is it great for your plants, but it also helps to lower your PH for keeping fish that require lower or neutral PH..

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By CarlaS on Jan 4, 2023

Fluval Substrate

I wanted this for a heavily planted aquascape. No rinse required but it does take about 24 for "particles" to be filtered out. Only drawback.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Gigi on Sep 28, 2022

Great for plants!

I haven't actually gotten a chance to add the shrimp to the tank yet, but it sure did help the plants grow! I've got a full carpet going after only a week and a half!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By FISHMOM on Apr 4, 2022

Repeat Customer

I am building a new tank and I chose to use Fluval Stratum again. I have had excellent plant growth from my previous purchase. This is a soft substrate that all fish and invertebrates enjoy. I am even able to use a gravel vac (on occasion) to clean it when necessary. Be sure to add water very slowly and NOT directly to substrate to avoid making a cloudy mess. Very happy with this product, I highly recommend.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cpdetwiler on Dec 3, 2021

Plants like it

This stuff is a trick. I recommend doing this before you have fish. I already had fish and a tank and was switching it to a real planted tank. I also topped it with gravel to help minimize dirty water. But the water still got dirty. You will have a temporary amonia spike for some reason and the ph will be lowered. I had an original ph of 8+ and it turned it neutral to ~7-7.5. crazy right?! Also the water looks good. Like it's clearer. I always had yellowish water for some reason. The Ammonia was gone in a day and fish didn't mind. I have good established filters. I filled tank slowly and with plate on top of gravel. Water was DARK couldn't even see through it. Gave it an hour and it improved then I turned the filter system on. I had to get my fish back in there. Let filter run an hour and it looked really good. Then I put fish in. By morning it was crystal clear. I have done water change and no dirty water was stired up. It remained clear. You don't deep siphoned this stuff. Just the surface. If I could do it over I'd place all my ornamental rocks drift wood THEN fill with the stratum. I placed it on top and kind of smooshed it in. This crushed the strata and causes more loose particle. I DID rinse this with NO agitation prior to placement in mesh strainer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By pingkong on May 22, 2022

water plant dirt

very good for fresh water aquarium plants. well worth trying a small to start.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on Apr 3, 2022

Perfect size

Could only find this size in chewy. Good price too

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on Oct 30, 2021


Nothing is wrong with the product.I’ve been using this product for years. This item is overpriced after I purchased at chewy At my local pets store price is few dollars different