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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2007, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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schultz soil and ADA soil

I heard from a few folks that ADA soil has a tendency to break down. I'm confused. Is this stuff the same as schultz's (or any clay fired "gravel", I have the Espoma brand)?

I would like to use the schultz/ Espoma fired clay as a bottom layer in my 29 gallon. I'm using it in another tank in pond plant pots (for echinodorus) and and a tiger lotus and they really grow well in the fired clay.

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Do a search.......there are some that have used ADA way beyond it's nutrient life and have not had any problems with it breaking down.

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I did. And yes, I have found people that have said it "lasted me two years or more, since 2005." However, I'm not understanding if there's much of a difference other than the addition of peat to ADA. Will ceramic clay (from either product) get "mushy" and no longer stay in a gravel form?

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I think the main difference is the AS is partially fired, while the shultz or flourite is fully fired. The shultz and flourite is like a crushed clay pot or brick. It wont go mushy no matter what. If you abuse the AS enough and destroy the outer "shell" of the round pellets it may get mushy. This is my understanding anyway.


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