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Broken Garden Pots to Supplement Iron?

Will grinding old broken up garden clay pots into a powder be able to supply iron? I am thinking of just taking some broken pots in my backyard and using that instead of buying clay in my mineralized soil substrate
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fired/baked clay is different to the clay you find in the ground, I dont think it would release any iron or anything else, so I doubt it would do anything in MTS. I might be wrong, but I doubt it would work.
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just get an iron powder additive from some where like GLA. i think its like 8 or 10 bucks.
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thanks for the replies. my intent was to recycle broken pots that the local raccoons broke rather than toss them
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I'm late to this, but here's my bit: Fired clay is more or less inert, but it has a high cation exchange capacity. In other words, in your substrate, it won't give you iron, but it takes things out of the water column and transfers it to the plants. It also is good for bacterial media in a filter.

You can reuse the pots for fish shelter? Crush them further and use them as gravel? Or find some non-aquatic uses.

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Can you still buy Laterite?

Use to be the layer in substrate for Fe


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