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I'm interested in making these out of Watson Ferts. I read SOMEWHERE that it can be done using a clay powder to make a ball. After much searching on PT threads I can find nothing.

Anyone have a recipe they have used or found on the net?

Also, where can I find the clay powder stuff? TIA
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check watsons, i thought he was seling it as well. if not, im sure he knows where to get it.

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So is the powdery substance the chelated Iron mix? Anyone know where I might find it locally?
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Look them up on thekrib.com.

I use jobe's spikes.
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So is the powdery substance the chelated Iron mix? Anyone know where I might find it locally?
No, it is NOT chelated iron mix.

Its organic red clay powder. You can buy it from www.plantguild.com. 50% clay power, 50% dry ferts, like a PMDD mix, or some home grown PMDD ratio.
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you mean Laterite balls?

Messy.

Really really messy.


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Heh, well I already use fluorite . . . talk about messy . (and no I don't want to be lectured about washing fluorite). I think these pmdd balls are different from "laterite balls", but then when I think Laterite I think of hte name-brand additive to substrate :shrug:
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Its organic red clay powder.
thanks malkore. I guess my question is, I wonder where I could find this stuff locally. gardening shops come to mind, but that's about it!
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I've just been using normal clay from a hobby shop. Seems to be working fine for my 29 gallon.
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Sarah, like clay for pottery or something? Do you mix anything with it?

BTW I love how your 29g is shaping up, I can't image getting all those species in mine!
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Ernie,

Yeah, just pottery clay. I roll osmocote balls and sul-po-mag into them. For swords, crypts, and apons, they just gobble them up. But other plants might be too fragile.

It is VERY messy if you accidentally disturb one. I only use them under plants in permanent homes.
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Hobby shops, is there anything you can't do?


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