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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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When do I mix Clay in Substrate?

I have a dirted tank with 1" of the Miracle Gro Organic laid down on my 20 gallon. However, I decided I want to add clay. My question is, was I suppose to put in clay first, topped off with dirt and the cap?

Or can I do dirt, add clay, and then cap? I'll be using eco-complete cap.

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You can do dirt and then add clay. What kind of clay are you using. I used Terra Cotta clay you find at craft stores. I forgot how much I used, but I just rolled it into little balls and pushed it into the dirt/mud before I capped it. Dry clay idk, maybe someone else can chime in with that one.
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You can add clay to your dirt layer by taking a bit of it, rolling it into small balls, then let it air dry for a few days. Letting it dry out completely will give you more time to stick it into the substrate before it can completely dissolve into the water column. You can also make home made root tabs with clay like this:

How to make DIY root fertilizer tablets with clay

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Appreciate the responses. I was thinking about going with the Amaco red pottery clay since I've been reading other people using that brand.

Essentially, just create little balls of clay, let it dry, and just evenly spread out the clay balls across the substrate? And suggestions on how far apart these balls of clay should be?
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That's the brand to use. Be sure to pick up the red mexican clay.

Pretty much. Stick them deep into the substrate. You can stick one every 2-3 square inches. Just be aware if you pull up any plants, the clay will temporarily cloud the water when exposed to the water column.

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