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New 2.5

Just setup a 2.5. 27w PC lighting, DIY CO2, no heater. Oil Dri from the automotive dept at wal-mart as a substrate, flourish tabs. 3 pieces of petrified wood as scaping. HC, ludwigia(sp?), crypt, and moneywort

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hmm, why didn't the photo post?
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Looks great, never heard of ol dry in the planted tank.

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I like it. Just curious though, what benefits does the oil dry have/why did you choose that for your substrate?
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It's cheap. Same company that makes the Lesco(sp?) turf material. It's just fired clay pieces. It was only 3.50 for a 50lb bag. I rinsed it really well and have no cloudy water, even when adding or moving plants. The plants and fish are doing fine.
I'm going to be doing a 100g in a few months, so this is my experiment. $10 for substrate for that vs. $200 for eco-complete or aqua-soil. If this experiment works, I'll be able to justify putting the bigger one together.
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Well, the experiment is working so far. The plants are healthy and the fish are too. Here is a shot after 4 weeks. Compare to the picture at 1 week.
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Oil dri is the best deal around. just look in the walmart auto section. paid 3.99 a bag for it in Hawaii. you cant even buy aquarium sand for that here. it is a little on the light side though, and gets blown around by the filter outflow.

Cashman, how has it affected your PH? its supposed to be inert like sms, but for some reason, the ph in my test 10g dropped from 7.5 to 5.3 in a couple of weeks with normal water top offs. there is nothing but the oil dri, rocks (inert, they dont affect water chemistry in the other tanks i use them in), and mosses. i set this up for some blue pearl shrimp, and figured the ph would stay slightly alki, like they like, but nope.... nice tank by the way.
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Nice tank man. That oil dry stuff would look great in a natural style aquarium! Hmm...maybe I'll try it in my convict tank...
Do you think the stuff would be O.K for cory cats?

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Oil dri is the best deal around. just look in the walmart auto section. paid 3.99 a bag for it in Hawaii. you cant even buy aquarium sand for that here. it is a little on the light side though, and gets blown around by the filter outflow.

Cashman, how has it affected your PH? its supposed to be inert like sms, but for some reason, the ph in my test 10g dropped from 7.5 to 5.3 in a couple of weeks with normal water top offs. there is nothing but the oil dri, rocks (inert, they dont affect water chemistry in the other tanks i use them in), and mosses. i set this up for some blue pearl shrimp, and figured the ph would stay slightly alki, like they like, but nope.... nice tank by the way.
Any clue if they sell it at City Mill? I went to coral fish and they had bags of flourite for $28. Do you know of any LFS near Aiea?
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sheep- go to the pearl city walmart, i got mine there, if they dont have any, try the mililani one. dont waste your time with flourite, its a major PITA to clean and is hard on bottom feeders (too sharp IME). i like oil dri so far, but still use ADA AS for my planted tanks. oil dri is a great cheap substrate for most aquariums though. color is not quite black/dark like AS but more of a grey/brown.

as for LFS, try moanalua pets, pets and plants in waimalu, or kalihi pets. they are pretty close to you

Cashman-sorry to get so off subject in your thread.
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dhavoc - Hey, no problem. My Ph is somewhere around 6. Not sure if that would be a big deal, except for more touchy livestock like shrimp.

rodney - can't see why it wouldn't work. It's just particles of clay basically.
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what is the ph out of the tap? just trying to figure out if its the oil dri thats lowering the ph in my tank, if yes, it would be another cheap option for acidic loving shrimp like crs. i cant see how though, as its supposed to be inert clay.
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I don't use the tap. Used to in other tanks and algae blooms were horrible. I use drinking water from the store. It's about 7.0
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