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Anybody ever use this stuff.....?

Hi,

I ordered a 25 lbs bag of this stuff for my plant filter. Just wondering if anyone has ever used this stuff--preferably in an aquarium--, but thoughts on it would be appreciated also if used in a pond.



Aquatic Planting Media

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Used the same stuff by another brand. Works well, but I had to put about a 1/2 inch layer of regular gravel on top of it to hold down the plants... the stuff is soooo light that your plants will float back out of it with the slightest disturbance.

The plants seem to like it though since it allows a great flow through of water and nutrients.

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Well, the stuff arrived yesterday. Says it will not cloud the water--untrue--looked like a flourite cloud when I put it in and had get out the diatom filter. Seems very light as mentioned. I am going to try planting in it alone--If that doesn't work well, I guess I'll top with either cycled sand or uncycled aquarium gravel.....


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I used Schultz brand of aquarium soil and i love the look of it, and so far my plants love it as well.

And the no clouding part, did you wash it really well? I spent over an hour rinsing 30lbs of it and I still clouded my water, but it settled down and was filtered out in less than one hour.

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And the no clouding part, did you wash it really well?
No, I didn't rinse it at all. The description says:

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Will not dissipate, cloud water, ....
So, I figured I would put my money where their mouth is......

The Diatom filter cleared it up and its still very clear, even after planting some Hygro. It does seem pretty light, but right now the plants are staying put, so I'm not planning on topping it with anything at the moment.


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If it is anything like Shultz or Soilmaster then it will compact down a bit with age and start to hold the plants in a little better. Any pictures of it in the tank? How does it look underwater?


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I don't have any pix at the moment, but I expect I will have some. I am putting the Plant Filter together and plan on taking pix of all the various details.

But for the record--the plant filter is a storage-type tub, so its not in a clear tank. I'll only be able to offer pix from above....


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