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5 LB Bags - Brightwell Shrimp/Plant Soil - Brown (Rio Cafe)

Rio Cafe by Brightwell Aquatics is an aquatic substrate that was designed specifically for shrimp and plants. This soil is for aquariums that require an acidic enviroment (pH of less than 7.0) and a low GH. It is suggested to use RO/DI or distilled water with this substrate in order to prolong the life and buffering ability. 

We use Brightwell substrate in all of our Caridina aquariums that require a pH of less than 7.0. We have used this soil for years and have had consistent results. If you are looking for a substrate for your shrimp or planted aquarium, look no further as this is the best you will find. 

Reason to Use: 

  • Designed to keep aquarium pH below 7.0
  • Perfect for Taiwan Bees, Pintos, Crystals and some Tiger shrimp
  • Encourages plant growth by lower the pH
  • Provides nutrients for root feeding plants
  • Establishes a health consistent environment for shrimp and plants 

    Dosage: 

    • Do not rinse before using
    • Shrimp Only - 1/2 inch of substrate (about 5 lbs per 10 gallons)
    • Plants and Shrimp - 1-2 inches of substrate (1-2 lbs per gallon)
    • Calculation - (aquarium length x aquarium width x substrate depth desired) / 60 = liters of substrate require (5 lbs = 2.6 L)

    Life: 

    • For shrimp aquariums, it is recommended to change the soil after 2 years
    • After time, the soil will lose it's ability to hold the pH below 7.0 
    • pH swings can be stressful to shrimp
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      Customer Reviews

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      Luke Reissman
      Brightwell Shrimp/Plant Soil

      This was my first time using this soil, and I really liked it! The water was clear in less than an hour and planting in it was very easy. Highly recommended.

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      Geoff Ledgerwood
      Brightwell substrate

      Product works great!

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      Camille S
      Professional and friendly

      I liked my shopping experience with them. They sent everything super quick. And whatever issues I had wasn’t ignored, they took care of me. It was great!

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      Florante S
      Why purchase anything else.

      This is my new go-to Shrimp Soil. Excellent quality soil that is perfect for both shrimp(caridina) and plants. This active substrate cuts down my tank cycle compared to ADA Amazonia. I highly recommend it.

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      Florante S
      Brightwell Shrimp/Plant Soil

      This is my new go to Shrimp Soil. Excellent quality soil that is perfect for both shrimp(caridina) and plants. This active substrate cuts down my tank cycle compared to ADA Amazonia. I highly recommend.