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Oil Dry?

Has anyone used a product called oil dry as a substrate? good? bad? i bought a 25lb bag of it for $4!!!! its seems to be just a clay based material.....says its all natural earth material on the bag.


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Yup, quite a few people have used it. Comparable to SMS, Turface, Aquariumplants.com's "own". Run a forum search for "Oil Dri" or "Oildri"





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I've had a bag sitting in my basement for over 6 months while I decide on what to do with it. I was thinking of using it as a base and capping it with something else, but was told to not do that by another member here.
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After a year I gave up. It never ever was clear. It is soooooo dirty. It gets a little soft too. SMS, turface, etc are a little hardier.

It is also soooo light and makes planting a little bit of a challenge, at times.
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Cat litter or oil dri seemed to test about the same for me.

Both seemed 'dusty' in a sample jar. Changed the water several times and after the third change when I went at it with a fork stirring things up as I would with plants and it clouded up again. After 4 weeks wet it crumbled easily when rubbed between my fingers. It's light weight even after soaking for a month and being able to easily break it up I chose not to use it. I tend to leave tanks set up for a long time after putting them in place so I had a concern about it breaking down in the tank.

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Genuine Oil Dri comes in between cat litter and premium fired clay substrates. It is lighter than some though.
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