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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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clay pellets

Clay pellets as your substrate?
About $30 per 50L bag.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 08:10 PM
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do you mean hydroton? If so, good luck... that crap will float, and is so light it will blow away....
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Really?
What if you cap it? Is it as rich as unheat red clay?
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hydroton is used in hydroponics, it's light & porous. It's not going to work for you.

If you want some clay locate a pottery supplier. You want Powered Red Art Clay. Mix in 5% in your substrate.
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Really?
What if you cap it? Is it as rich as unheat red clay?
It has no nutrients. It is a porous medium with a high cec. Even the "small" size is larger than any gravel I would use in a planted tank.
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I have wonder if it would hold up as a bio filter media?
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I have wonder if it would hold up as a bio filter media?
Yup, have some in my fx5 to fill space. However they have such fine pores that for this they are just round balls and not much better than marbles. Not that it really matters. The biomedia debate is somewhat of a joke, in my opinion.
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I only looked at them once in a store. Lots of pores is good but, I could imagine them loading up fast and clogging up even with the best pre filter.
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