Last chance on cat litter substrate - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: England
Posts: 6
Last chance on cat litter substrate

I am just about to go ahead and use clay based cat litter as a substrate for my tank and hope to get pleasant looking plants using co2 dosing and liquid fertiliser, does anyone want to pull me back from the brink?
stewartb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 03:00 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Butner,NC
Posts: 30
Ive never heard of using litter as a stand alone substrate. Most of the time its mixed with mineralized soil. If you hell bent on goin this route make sure to wash it good b4 it goes in. All that dust will prolly take a long time to settle.
carolinyens is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 03:19 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 399
And for the love of all that is holy don't use the clumping litter. Or any kind that has a fragrance added.

edit: Better try some in a dishpan or something as a trial run. You don't want to end up with a soupy, silty mess.
Powchekny is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 03:42 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Optix's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: derrty south
Posts: 739
its fine...just plain old cheap cheap CHEAP litter with nothing else added

also, most people top it with something because it will be pretty light weight

finally, once its planted..thats it...or else youll make dust storms every time you touch the stuff

you probably wont like the light color tho...i know i didnt


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Fraternity, Inc. #33
Optix is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 04:56 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
xxUnRaTeDxxRkOxx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Denver, CO.
Posts: 1,084
I use Special Kitty: All Natural Litter in my tanks, and I'm fairly happy with it, cost me $4 for a 25lb bag at WalMart. Just remember to get all natural litter, because it doesn't contain any dyes, or perfumes, so all natural is the way to go!!!!

45g Long - High Light Planted Tank / 30g - Plant Grow Out Tank / 100g Tank - currently resealing
xxUnRaTeDxxRkOxx is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 07:05 PM
Algae Grower
 
becks17's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 133
I've mixed half n' half topsoil (just as cheap) with kitty litter, capped with sand, and it worked great.
However I generally like being able to rescape often, so I personally prefer non-dirt substrates. But going the dirt/kitty litter way is cheap as hell.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
becks17 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 08:55 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: England
Posts: 63
Cat litter has a high CEC (cation exchange capacity) so its pretty good to use with ferts
"Diatomaceous Earth"
Bit of reading for you
http://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm
morgan is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome