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Can someone please tell me what the consistency of Special Kitty after it has set in water over night? Will it be like a gritty or stony mush? Or should it be more like the original form straight out of the bag.

I put some in a bucket of water last night and today it seems mushy with small gravel like pieces when squeezed in my hand.

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It will be a mess. It is best not to get it wet. Put it in the tank, cap it and then add water. Add water by pouring it onto a saucer.
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Well I went and bought me some Peat, Jobes sticks, and Special Kitty to redo my 50 gallon. Flourite is about $30 here in town so I am trying to find something else to top it with.
I was thinking of putting the small plain gravel that Walmart sells on it but this gravel looks to big.
Has anybody tried this or is there something else cheap that I can find in town to top the kitty litter with?
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You can use pool filter or play sand that you find at Home Depot/Lowes to cap it. I have seen some very nice tanks with the kitty litter substrate.

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You can use pool filter or play sand that you find at Home Depot/Lowes to cap it. I have seen some very nice tanks with the kitty litter substrate.
I thought about this too. I just don't want white or colored sand. Something black or natural looking.
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The play sand is natural sand color. Quartz 3m is a nice black sand option. Good luck!

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Well we all heard about Special Kitty and that we should test it first to see if what and where we buy it, that it is ok to use in out tanks.

I bought mine at Walmart here in Lexington, KY.

Using a Nutrafin KH/GH test kit:

Tap water GH - 7 drops or 140ppm
Tap water KH - 4 drops or 40ppm

Water from unwashed kitty liter after it set for 3 days in a bucket:

GH - I stopped after 20 drops or 400ppm.
KH - 9 drops or 90ppm.

This just goes to show you that when the experts says to test something, test it. I am glad I did.

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not all kitty litter is made the same from state-to-state, mix about 25% kitty litter to top soil and cap with sand, the problem with 100% kitty litter is the mess it makes when you plant and/or pull plants
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I bought mine at Walmart here in Lexington, KY.

Using a Nutrafin KH/GH test kit:

Tap water GH - 7 drops or 140ppm
Tap water KH - 4 drops or 40ppm

Water from unwashed kitty liter after it set for 3 days in a bucket:

GH - I stopped after 20 drops or 400ppm.
KH - 9 drops or 90ppm.
Interesting!!

I bought some from Wall-Mart from Bentoneville Alabama. I didn't test it. Mixed it in my dirt. The gh and kh, which is 0, not changed. In fact I have to add baking soda to get the kh up to 5.
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You could go to Woodford Feed Co. They have a nice brown/ dark khaki colored sand. I get mine for free since I usually get about 5-10 lbs. It should be less than $5 for 50lbs- I think.

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is this it...

is this the right stuff?
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I thought about this too. I just don't want white or colored sand. Something black or natural looking.
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If you go to a Spa/Pool store you should be able to get PFS in different colors mine was a dark grey that looked very similar to SMS Charcoal when wet.

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Interesting!!

I bought some from Wall-Mart from Bentoneville Alabama. I didn't test it. Mixed it in my dirt. The gh and kh, which is 0, not changed. In fact I have to add baking soda to get the kh up to 5.
I'm surprised, i always thought that GA had hard water.
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That's what I have been using in my tanks. Test it first...


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That's what I have been using in my tanks. Test it first...
How would you compare it to aquasoil?

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