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instead of using pottery clay, could you use laterite when mineralizing? will it emulsify when soaked in water like the pottery clay will?

Has anyone done this?
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Yes you can. I actually like both and may start using both. Laterite, I believe, will last longer since it doesn't break down as easy.


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Pottery clay is fine, but often time have bicarbonates, Ca and Mg which will raise GH.
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thx anh

i am going to go with the laterite, i found it pretty cheap.
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Is it real laterite or clay? There is a difference. Laterite comes from tropical areas of the world. All of the laterite used in aquarium products comes from Sri Lanka

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Is it real laterite or clay? There is a difference. Laterite comes from tropical areas of the world. All of the laterite used in aquarium products comes from Sri Lanka
actually its API's first layer. Says it 100% pure Laterite
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whats the point of laterite? I saw a small box at petsmart for $20 and didnt' know what it would be used for
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it actually has a duel purpose for me. after i emulsify it it will help with the consistency of the top soil base and add nutrients that the plants require
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Main thing is iron. I used it and vermiculite to make some root tabs a while back. Also put the same mix on my topsoil before I capped it.
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instead of using pottery clay, could you use laterite when mineralizing? will it emulsify when soaked in water like the pottery clay will?

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Pottery clay is fine, but often time have bicarbonates, Ca and Mg which will raise GH.
You can't be certain red pottery clay has any iron in it even though it's red in color. Many years ago I had some locally collected red clay spectrographically analyzed for its iron content, it had no detectable iron in it.
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