Scaper’s Soil is an active substrate specifically developed for aquaria. It creates slightly acidic, soft water like that in which most tropical animals and plants live. Scaper’s Soil is ideally suited to plant aquaria, especially aquascaping and shrimp aquaria.
Scaper’s Soil consists of up to 100% natural raw materials. Made from various carefully chosen, natural soils, it supplies all the essential minerals and trace elements that aquarium plants require each day. The irregularly shaped grains with a diameter of 1 to 4 mm give the substrate a particularly natural effect. Its loose structure permits optimum flow through the substrate and plant roots can grow into it well. Scaper’s Soil provides the perfect basis for healthy, strong plant growth and vibrant colours. Mosses also benefit from this and show this in the form of compact growth and rich green leaves. The deep black colour gives a more intense, vivid contrast with the bright green of the plants.
Scaper’s Soil effectively prevents algae growth for three reasons:
Scaper’s Soil has active ion exchange properties. As a result, it reduces the pH value and stabilises it at a slightly acidic level (approx. 6.0-6.5). At the same time, it reduces the carbonate hardness – down to close to 0°d KH depending on the water source – and thus makes the water considerably softer. It also serves as a natural source of humic and fulvic acids, without discolouring the water. This means Scaper’s Soil creates water values that many tropical aquarium plants and fish are familiar with from their natural environment. Soft, slightly acidic water is, for example, ideal for most South American ornamental fish such as neon tetra, scalars and discus.
Despite the soft water, Scaper’s Soil is also safe to use in combination with CO2 fertilisation, as the pH value is stabilised by the soil. Scaper’s Soil ensures crystal clear water and healthy living conditions. The porous surface provides the ideal substrate for the settlement of important cleansing bacteria. This means the entire substrate becomes a huge biofilter. It therefore creates the optimum conditions for effective biological self-cleaning and consequently for the best possible water quality. At the same time the soil absorbs numerous harmful substances directly from the water. The granulate is twice-baked and therefore also has lasting water stability.
Its pH and KH reducing properties and its excellent filter capacity make Scaper’s Soil the optimum substrate for the husbandry and breeding of shrimp species that require slightly acidic water, such as Crystal Red and Red Bee.
Thanks to the lasting stability of the grains, it is especially well suited to use together with bottom filters, a good combination for shrimp breeding. This means the water is adjusted to ideal values even more quickly, and the filter capacity is increased. Thanks to the loose yet stable structure, the substrate is provided with the optimum supply of oxygen so that no decomposing matter can build up. Its highly porous surface forms an excellent settlement substrate for important microorganisms that baby shrimp in particular need for their development. The colours and appearance of shrimp really come into their own on Scaper’s Soil. White, red and yellow shrimp stand out vividly against the dark black background.
AQUASHRIMP POWDER has been selected by Prodibio among numerous mineral compositions. Its balanced formula will allow healthy plant
growth and strong root development. AQUASHRIMP POWDER is ideal for shrimps and young shrimps. It is ready to use and does not need to be
rinsed. A high temperature treatment (around 1200°C/2192°F) gives AQUASHRIMP POWDER its physical properties and allows it to be free of
parasitic species which could contaminate the aquarium. The powder texture of AQUASRIMP SOIL is thin enough to avoid shrimp eggs to fall in
the soil, while allowing plants to grow their roots properly and porous enough to allow nitrifying bacteria to properly colonize the substrate
and properly improve the water quality.
AQUASHRIMP POWDER is ready to use. It is not necessary to rinse it. A 3 liter/3 Kg (0.75 GAL/105.82 oz) bag is suitable for a 20 liter (5 Gal)
aquarium. This will allow a soil thickness of around 5 cm (2 inches). Using 150 g (5.29 oz) of soil per liter (0.25 Gal) will grant the aquarium the best
soil quantity needed.
1. a). Pour a height of approximately 1 cm (0.4 inch) of dechlorinated water in the aquarium. b). Optional: if the substrate additive BACTERKIT
SOIL from Prodibio is used, mix it in the water.
2. a). If the aquarium is not going to be planted, or lightly planted, directly add the quantity of AQUASHRIMP POWDER needed. At this stage,
AQUASHRIMP POWDER will absorb all the water. b). Optional: If the aquarium is going to host a lot of plants, first add a layer of AQUAGROWTH
SOIL as per instructions. AQUAGROWTH SOIL has a granule size better suited for fixation and development of plant roots. On top of the
AQUAGROWTH SOIL, add around 2 to 3 cm (0.8 to 1.1 inches) of AQUASHRIMP POWDER in order to cover AQUAGROWTH SOIL layer. This will
avoid having shrimp eggs and young shrimps to be trapped in the soil, and will help them to stay at the surface of the AQUASHRIMP POWDER.
At this stage, the soils will absorb all the water.
3. Add the main decoration elements (stones, aquatic woods, etc…) and install the aquatic layout as desired.
4. a). Add more water gently to avoid creating holes in the substrate and breaking the aquarium design until the soil surface has been covered
in water. b). Optional: in case of a planted aquarium, add plants and continue to set up the aquarium decoration until everything looks as
5. Gently fill up the aquarium with more dechlorinated water. Floating of soil fragments may occur, remove them this happens. Water may
become cloudy once the aquarium has been fully filled. Cloudiness will naturally disappear after a few hours or especially when the filtration
system has been running. If cloudiness remains, drain part of the water and refill the aquarium with clean dechlorinated water.
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Typical Size: 0.25 - 1.0mm
Average Density: 94 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05839, 5 lb; 00839, 20 lb; 00869, 50 lb
Amazonia is substrate material, rich in organic acid and nutrients, promoting the growth of aquatic plant roots. By combining with Power Sand, it becomes the ideal substrate for plants.
Powder type is used for small size aquarium or for spreading lightly over the normal type Amazonia.
Eco‑Complete’s™ secret lies in rich basaltic volcanic soil which contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur plus over 25 other elements to nourish your aquatic plants. Floraspore™ symbionts activate the root-substrate interface to facilitate the uptake of minerals which make for a healthier root and healthier plant. Iron rich Eco‑Complete™ eliminates the need for laterite. No artificial dyes, paints, or chemical coatings. Eco-Complete™ has highly porous spherical grains for optimum diffusion performance and contains live Heterotrophic bacteria to rapidly convert fish waste into natural food for your aquatic plants. It establishes a natural biological balance which makes cycling a new aquarium faster and safer.