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Silky's 55 Glosso/HC carpet Cat litter substrate

wanted to set up a tank with an actual carpet. I tried HC in the past and failed miserably. So far so good. Tank is a 55 gallon, 1 HoB filter and 4 T8 32 watt lights. DiY CO2. Dose with flourish and excel. Cat litter substrate capped with white sand.

Tank has been set up for about 3 1/2 weeks now. glosso is growing amazingly fast. Still murky from new tank set up. only a few inhabitants, few zebra danio's and a few amano shrimp.
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Wow, I love the slopes! You just inspired me to do something like that on my iwagumi! And nice glosso carpet!
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What kind of litter did you use? I just had a horrible attempt at litter. Ended up using turface.


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Looks great. Did you think about trying the dry start method to get the carpet going?
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Special kitty litter from walmart. It's unscented, non clumping, and is like $3.50 for a 25 lb bag or so. This is the 2nd time I've used litty litter for substrate, and honestly, if I weren't so lazy, I would redo all my other tanks with it. I've had the fastest best growth out of my kitty litter tanks, compared to all the other substrates I've used. And you can't be the price either. Also, if your going to use a white sand topping, its a similar color compared to some of the other things I've seen brown, black etc substrates.

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Special kitty litter from walmart. It's unscented, non clumping, and is like $3.50 for a 25 lb bag or so. This is the 2nd time I've used litty litter for substrate, and honestly, if I weren't so lazy, I would redo all my other tanks with it. I've had the fastest best growth out of my kitty litter tanks, compared to all the other substrates I've used. And you can't be the price either. Also, if your going to use a white sand topping, its a similar color compared to some of the other things I've seen brown, black etc substrates.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Special-Ki...25-lb/10293705

I agree, I'm using the same kind of litter in each of my nano tanks!!!

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Nah, I never considered doing a dry start. And honestly its growing so quickly atm I dunno if there would even be any benefit to it?
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updated with new pic, very overgrown
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Looks GOOD!
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Love the way those rocks are setup! The contrast between black rocks, white sand, and green glosso looks nice. Cant believe how quickly the glosso has grown. When are you gonna trim that stuff?!


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Cool, I use Special Kitty too...

My suggestion would be to add a black background. Would help immensely to hide equipment, distracting things behind your tank, and highlight the beauty of your green Glosso.


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I agree with Wasserpest to add the black background. It's amazing how much everything stands out when you do a black background.
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yeah, I had been thinking of putting one up, its next to the doorway, I kinda liked thwe fact you could see into the tank when you walked in, but its getting alot of extra light as well when I have the door open and screen door shut so I may end doing it.
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Lookin' good! What kind of maintenance do you do to the glosso to encourage carpet growth? I just planted some in groupings similar to your earlier pictures and want to make sure I do it right. Do you trim the taller growth, or replant taller pieces further into the substrate?
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Nice i can use this to make slope for my rescape of my ebi. Beautiful tank and fish btw.


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