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Question I have Oil Dri/SMS Now what do i do?

OK as a test i tried to wash it like i did my flourite and i can say that this stuff is way more dirty. So after washing enough for two inches in a 1 gallon as a test i have found that my KH has went from 6 to 3. My pH and GH have both dropped as well.

So here is my question i have 25lb of the oil dri and i had wanted to swap out my current gravel for this and then get the fish back in the same day, but with it dropping my KH and all i am scared because i will be injecting Diy Co2 and don't know how the fish will react to such a low KH. I also don't like the fact that it clouds so much.

So could someone let me know what to do and if my worries have merit? Any and all help would be great.


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run a filter with floss or similar for mechanical filtration, it will clearup nicely in a few hours. it is dirty, but remember, it was not made for aquariums but to soakup fluids or spread on turf like gravel. it does drop ph initially but that effect goes away eventually. if the kh/ph difference is going to be that great, i think you will have to do a gradual change or soak it in a big bucket for a week or so, changing water daily. this will help with its other property of being very light initially, until it soaks up water. good luck, i am using this on all my non-scaped (but still planted) tanks for inverts and such and love it. though for scaped, heavy planted tanks, i still prefer ADA aquasoil. you cant beat the price for oil-dry.

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Oil dry? Huh. Thats interesting. Have others used this in a planted tank with great success?

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its basically similar to SMS (Oil-Dry makes both), no nutrients but cheap and pretty much inert (after its ph lowering capacity wears off). an in-expensive alternative to flourite or eco.
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Thats interesting. I might have to try that. Although you can pick up Flourite pretty cheap at Petsmart by getting them to price match it.

I'll tell you though, I have learned more reading in this forum than I would have ever learned talking to employee's at the LFS. I don't even bother asking them questions anymore.

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Thats interesting. I might have to try that. Although you can pick up Flourite pretty cheap at Petsmart by getting them to price match it.

I'll tell you though, I have learned more reading in this forum than I would have ever learned talking to employee's at the LFS. I don't even bother asking them questions anymore.

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Oil dry runs 3.99 - 7.99 for 50lb depending on where you find it. even with a price match flourite is nowhere near that cost.


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Oil dry runs 3.99 - 7.99 for 50lb depending on where you find it. even with a price match flourite is nowhere near that cost.
I agree completely.

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If you can, it is always best have a secondary holding tank that can be used to support your fish for a couple days to balance out any drastic changes.
I lost two large lions due to not having a secodary tank. Never again will this happen. Even 7 gallon plactic bucket will work as a temp holding tank.
Good luck and think positive.........8>) Maximo
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