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DIY Plant Substrate

Anyone know of any good DIY Planted aquarium substrates besides dirt and sand?
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Stock lightly and carry a big filter. - I don't have aquariums. I have ecosystems in a glass box. - Hygrophilaholic and hoarder of Anubias.
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I used Safe-T-Sorb bought it i think 40 lbs for 5 bucks at tractor supply. It looks similar to flourite but a little lighter in weight and color. 1 bag worked for my 40b. Littly blurry taken with cell phone.


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I use Kitty diggins' unscented kitty litter. $.98 for 7lbs from Wal-Mart, the same stuff as Saf-t-sorb and, is darker.



Bump: I use Kitty diggins' unscented kitty litter. $.98 for 7lbs from Wal-Mart, the same stuff as Saf-t-sorb and, is darker.


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HDBenson - (don't want to hijack) What floaters do you have in the referenced tanks?
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HDBenson - (don't want to hijack) What floaters do you have in the referenced tanks?
Spirodella polyrhyza... "Giant Duckweed"...

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kitty litter? Doesnt it break down or leech chemicals into the water?
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Yes, kitty litter eventually breaks down, but, so do many other clay substrates. Yes, in a sense it does leech chemicals. Montmorillonite clays both ABsorb and ADsorb nutrients in the water column. When nutrients are high it absorbs these - when low/non-exitent it adsorbs(releases) nutrients. It also wreaks havoc on GH/KH for a while but, as mentioned in the thread I linked there are easy ways to get around this.

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