i would haul some home,
it would be very wise to sterilize it becsue we dont know if there is any bad stuff in it that can reproduce in the tank, i would think that youd want to break it down into granules first, using a bucket and a small hand rake or a better tool if you can think of one. then rinse it compulsively and put a ton of heat to it.
i would layer it out on the bottom against the glass, about a half inch. then cover it with a sand.
the packaged stuff loves give off a big red cloud into your water if you arent careful with it. rinsing it well prior to putting in the tank reduces this very much.
the laterite you buy is a fired clay, they bake the stuff at 2000 degrees f. and it removes all moisture while still leaving the clay porrus, obviously these high temps are not attainable in your home oven but you could figure something out, ive got a high powered gas grill that can reach temps around 700 with all burners on and the lid closed. ( a lot of weber grills can do this) so it is possible to get a higher temp than your home oven using another common source of heat. maybe you can think of something better that can work. i think that this would be something rather done outside because of the mess and smell.
but i am not sure how crucial it actually is to get the clay 100% devoid of all moisture, as long as it can be layered out in the bottom of the tank and you have heated it up enough to cook all potential life out of it.
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