Hi all, I'm new to the board. I've been an aquirium hobbyist for 7 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I'm always experimenting and trying new things with both plants and fish. I found this board and saw how friendly people seem to be, and a few mentioned an idea of kitty litter as a substrate. Some have even tried it. So, I decided to join in the experiment. I had a spare tank and figured, hey what's $2.00 for a 25-pound bag of 'Special Kitty' from Wal-mart (remember, ALWAYS use unscented). I also had a bunch of old gravel from my grandmother's tanks after her 'baby' passed away after 8 years. She was so sick when her Koi died. But anyways, back to the subject.
First I started off by pouring about 3 pounds of the dusty, dirty, kitty litter in a 5 gallon bucket to be rinsed. I grabed an old fish net and sifted a little while i filled the bucket with water. after I sifted, I put what I had in the tank that was still in my net. Then I poured the water out of the bucket and repeated this process about 10 times. This stuff gives you a work out.
Anyways, I made about 2 inches of the kitty litter on the bottom, and then I put about a 1 to 1 1/2 inch of gravel on top. I let the water settle overnight so I can see what I'm doing, then I put my plants in. I'm using just Anacharis as of now. I'm just using one flourescent strip light that comes with a 10 gallon hood. Didn't look at the wattage, but I know it's not much. I plan on getting a glass canopy and have two lights, that is my ideal lighting. But as of now , I just want to see how they do with one light in the kitty litter. I'm not putting any fish in for about a week or so since I want to make sure that the water is conditioned. Ill probably only put in some Zebra Danios to cycle the tank.
I'll keep everyone updated on the status of this experiment, and I wish all those who are trying this idea the best of luck.