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    Hi,
    Here in Portugal, we a got an on-line shop selling Shirakura Red Bee Sand.



    Do you have any experience with it? It's ok to grow demanding plants?
    Any special concerns, since I will try to set up a tank for Crystal Black shrimps?

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    Hi joe. ive seen that red bee sand too.Been thinking about getting some . I have heard its really good specific for crs and has been continuously improved... Also cleans water of wood tannins.. I dont know anything about plants with it though. Anyone? As it is a top sustrate maybe you could use a nutrient soil underneath aswell?

    Please keep me informed as i am also interested in your results with it..!

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    hi again joe, i have been reading up on red bee sand.. dont use pure osmosis water only as will mess up soil properties! i think you should read this
    http://www.shirakura-shop.de/en/usage.htm.
    new instructions , as people were finding it complicated/difficult...

    I just ordered 2 8kg bags this morning...

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    Thanks for the link Mopas , Very Informational
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    also check this.. have to do an internet translator on it.. not out in english yet..


    http://www.shirakura-shop.de/analyse.htm



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    mmm . rereading more about it, found a shop that recently removed from sale red bee sand in germany.. any forum members want to contribute with happy/horror stories? anyone using it now?
    hmmm is it russian roulette soil? joe what did you find ?

    to late to cancel order

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    Hi mopas,

    I know some people had have lots of trouble with really high nitrat and a pH lower than 5. They do not use this soil anymore; me neither.

    Imke

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    I have no problems. NH3 none, Ph ok.

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    thanks imke. i managed to cancel order by phone.. phew..

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    Heyas,

    I am new to this forum and have not introduced myself. This for sure will be following soon.

    The use of SRBS in my tank(s) caused me zero problems in the past 12 weeks. But ... we shall see.

    Publishing a detailed analysis like the german distributor did is IMHO remarkable. Knowing that this is not just a "dig in the dirt" product, makes me feel somehow more secure regarding this (nice) soil.

    Beeing from Germany I am for sure aware of that hot toppic over here and I know also that some folks lost alot of nice bees and they blamed SRBS for causing high NO3 parameters. In fact: This - sadly - seems to be pure bogus.

    The only issue I had with this soil was a "higher" EC at about 300 microsiemens at the beginning. Since I am using alot of RE water for weekly water changes, my EC is now at round about 150. My shrimps seem to be very happy. Still on for lowering the EC btw...

    Best regards, Marcus

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