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proper use of clay?

I have some red clay and considering setting up a planted tank.
I have clay, gravel & sand. I would like the top layer to be sand .
Whats the best way to utilize the clay? roll into marble size pieces , just flat on the bottom ....
Should i use clay? Eventually it will be a planted discus tank
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Since you mention discus, I would make certain that your clay doesn't contain any adverse components that may leach out, barring that, I would use small pieces placed at the roots.


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I'm glad you said small pieces because i was not sure how much was required.
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In a mixed substrate the larger pieces will always end up at the top. If you want sand on top then use only sand.
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If you use gravel or sand, adding some clay on the bottom wouldn't be a bad idea. Plants love it, same idea with Laterite which used to be more common before the dawn of "High-tech" substrates.

Only issue with clay is that when you pull out plants with their roots, you can have red-foggy conditions for a while. A diatom filter comes in handy in such circumstances.


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