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I just signed up to this page as I have been looking for Macrobrachium hendersoni for a little while with no luck.

years ago a friend gifted me some and they gave me no end of joy

I love them so much I want to set up my 5 foot tank with just them! but I’m having awful trouble sourcing - Sydney

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      yes indeed :) Thanks for the compliment!
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    • jayc
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    • Crabby
      Well I mean it wouldn't be 'toxic' as such, but substrates like that often release ammonia when first added. I would suggest doing some research into it in addition to asking the forum.
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