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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use oildry for a substrate? I mix it in soil for my cacti all the time. Wondering if anyone has tried with aquatics.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 06:04 PM
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Seems to depend on the region. I know someone in the DC area where oildry (Safe T Sorb) is reddish who has been using it in CO2 tanks with good experiences for a couple years. On the other hand, the stuff they sell around here (Indiana) is gray and turns to mush after a while.

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I use it in my 75 G. Seems to grow plants great and no issue with livestock health yet either. Haven't lost anything in this tank yet actually. Mines grey with some red flecks. I mixed it with Peat moss (Sort of unintentionally) but I would use it again in a second. I used soilmaster select in my other tank and prefer the oil dri.

I rinsed mine pretty thouroughly before use.

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I did forget to mention that this stuff takes more rinsing than sand. The lowest effort method seems to be to put 10-15 pounds in a 5 gallon bucket with a hose in the bottom and leave it running for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 or so.

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I used it and will never use or recommend it again. It was a dirty mess that could never get clean. I rinsed for days and ntohing.

In tank it was still dirty and gross.
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i use it and i love it. it dose take a little while to rinse but it looks great in my tank.


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