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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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oil dry

Here some problem I have using oil dry from safe t.
After a whole week of washing and remove the small grim and using the bigger size.
The last wash look clear so I end up pulling it in my tank.
After 2 week in the tank with 90% water change every 2 days I still get brown water.
My 2 filter pick up most of it. Pic below show you how dirty it is after 4 week of washing and filtering it.

The red thingy is what I use to remove the small size from the big size.

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Anyone having the same problem I'm having?

What I see is the oil dry is breaking down in muddy form which is causing the muddy water.
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Oil dry is made to suck up water,oil,paint.
Putting this thing in a 10g mean it will keep sucking up water.
This is the reason why oil dry break down into muddy form.

Oil dry is made to be use then throw out once it complete its job.
Leaving them will cause them to over work and break down once it can't hold up anymore.

It just a matter of time b4 every lilo size in your tank break down.

Like a sponge once the sponge is use up you throw it away.
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OIL DRI and SAF-T-SORB are 2 different products which do u have ???

I have used both ...and oil dri is far more dustier and softer than saf -t- sorb...
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I use the green white bag.
The safe T one.
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I think that stuff varies from region to region in the United States. I'm sure they don't get the clay for that stuff all from the same area. I doubt that the safe t sorb here in Texas is the same as what you are getting up there in New England. Likewise I would be willing to bet that it is different on the West Coast also.
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I think that stuff varies from region to region in the United States. I'm sure they don't get the clay for that stuff all from the same area. I doubt that the safe t sorb here in Texas is the same as what you are getting up there in New England. Likewise I would be willing to bet that it is different on the West Coast also.

might be true might not be true.

since this stuff is made from one company cant really say if its different from region to region.

i pretty much dump everything out onto the driveway and now hunting for some turface.
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According to the MSDS, Safe-T-Sorb should be mined from one place:
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MONTMORILLONITE CLAY, MINED IN MIDDLETON, TENNESSEE
Now that I think about it though, could your water pH be different? It does very by region and it could explain why or why not it would dissolve.

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I don't know if ph would affect it or not. I've seen people that have good luck with it, and then people that don't. I want to try the safe t sorb one day.
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I know your safe-t-sorb is laying in your driveway, but I just re-did my tank with potting soil covered by it. I was never able to rinse the latter completely clear and it did cloud the water during initial fill-up and planting. However I was able to drain most of it away and the filter took care of the rest. They water is now crystal clear. However if the substrate is ever disturbed, I'm sure it will kick up some clay.

I noticed Markv on these forums has a tank with safe-t-sorb. He cleaned it by burying a hose in a 5 gallon bucket full of the stuff and let it overflow for 20 minutes. I'd much rather have done that than filling and dumping my bucket by hand.
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I have it in my tank, so long as you avoid stirring up the substrate its fine, if you do make a mess do a large w/c right after otherwise the dust from the substrate sticks to everything and in a highlight tank can hinder plant growth enough that an algae outbreak happens. I've had no problem with topping and replanting a tank worth of stem plants but if you pull a sword or large crypt it will be dusty.
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This is what I use:
Safe-T-Absorbent

Under Safety Absorbent ... middle bag.

Very low dust. Very easy to rinse...much better than SMS to give some comparison. Almost like rinsing PFS.

Been in the tank for a few months now and have 0 issues with disturbing the substrate. Plants very well.
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That's the same stuff I use, I have 2 unopened bag.
Maybe ill give one of the unopened bag a try.

If it try out the same, this stuff will be mix with soil and be use as soil.
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Turface is a better choice and looks better IMO, so you're better off


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According to the MSDSs, Turface and Safe-T-Sorb are the same thing. However the processing of the two can vary.
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