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Enriching sand substrate?

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I have the opportunity to change my tank substrate, and have questions. I plan to go from gravel to black diamond blasting sand, and was planning to use cat litter to enrich, but I recently realized that as an art student, I have access to free powdered clays, from Red art, Sillica, Yellow Art, Bentonite, OM4 Ball Clay, Kaolin EPK, Sagger, Molochite, Black Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, and hundreds of other powders. Anything else I should use, or definatly not use?

I also would like to not use any gravel in my new tank, but am worried about not seeding the new material. Should I use some in the bottom layer of the substrate, where the clay would be?

Could anyone recommend a recipe with proportions of what to use, to enrich my sand in order to grow low light pants well? Is it even worth it?

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I'm not sure on proportions with clay. But I use black diamond blasting grit and oscomote+ root tabs and everything grows great. Just have to add more every couple of months


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Yeah, I was thinking of root tabs, but honestly if I can, I would rather just go with the less expensive option. I've heard Iron is very good for plants.
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There's nothing I can think of that is less expensive than root tab ferts.
I use a packet of tabs costing well under $10. which lasts for 5-6 months in my 75 gal planted discus tank, with straight pool filter sand substrate. Doesn't get any cheaper than that imo, and it does a good job.
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I bought some like 6 months ago and then won some in an raok. They will last me forever. And u see a huge difference quickly


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Yeah, I was thinking of root tabs, but honestly if I can, I would rather just go with the less expensive option. I've heard Iron is very good for plants.
the problem is clay doesnt supply all the vital nutrients your plants would need

even if you used clay in the substrate you would need to supplement

now miracle grow and clay, your getting closer

get the root tabs, you can find some cheap in the for sale section

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