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another mts question

I've noticed the popular technique is to pour the muddy substance onto the bottom of the tank. When my mts is done and I add the clay can I dry it all again, break it up, then add it? I don't really want to deal with a muddy mess in my house.


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Hi evan.m,

Sorry, I am not sure I understand what you are asking.

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I just want to put it in my tank when it is dried


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YES

My protocol.

Place a CD cover in one corner to form a triangle again two corners. This area will not be filled initially.

Fill the tank with the MTS, them compact with your hand. 2-2 1/2"

Add sand cap 1"

Using an old plate placed on the cap I fill the tank to 2" above the cap and let it soak for 15min.

Using a hose placed into that void corner created by the CD cover, I drain down all the water.

I them plant the damp MTS/Sand substrate.

Fill void space in corner with sand & remove CD case cover.

Fill tank.

I've done this 3 times now and I find it very clean and easy to plant this way.
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Hi evan.m,

The clay substrate that most of us use is a heat treated (kiln fired) clay which is hard and granular. Went rinsed and then dried it will pack together lightly but it will not need to be 'broken apart'.

It is a clay product. As such, whether added to the aquarium wet or dry, the very fine clay particles will turn the water a 'milky' color when water is added. The particles will eventually settle out our be removed by filtration. To minimize the amount of 'milkiness' I try not to disturb the substrate during the filling process. After the substrate is in the tank I place a large plate or shallow bowl on the substrate and add the water onto the plate or into the bowl.

BTW, I can spill substrate during the filling process whether it is wet or dry. - lol

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I must be missing something. I thought MTS means Malaysian Trumpet Snails?

I'm still new to this el Natural...
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I must be missing something. I thought MTS means Malaysian Trumpet Snails?

I'm still new to this el Natural...
Yes, it can be confusing.

MTS - Dirt - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...mts-aaron.html

MTS - Snails - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udyU1...eature=related

MTS - Metal Illiness - http://bunniez.hubpages.com/hub/Mult...eepers-Disease

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BTW, I can spill substrate during the filling process whether it is wet or dry. - lol
LOL, however, mud is much harder to just vacuum up off the livingroom carpet


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