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 Post subject: Clay substrate?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:30 am 
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Has anybody ever used this or something like it as a substrate? It's supremely inexpensive and has a nice look to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Clay substrate?
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Is there a specific product name you are referring to? I would think there would be no problem so long as the clay is natural and not containing anything toxic. Most market clays are safe. I've found blue clay in the wild which was high in lead.


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 Post subject: Re: Clay substrate?
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Is there a specific product name you are referring to? I would think there would be no problem so long as the clay is natural and not containing anything toxic. Most market clays are safe. I've found blue clay in the wild which was high in lead.


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hmmm, I would make absolute sure it doesn't have added chemicals to help with the absorbancy. Pool filter sand is a very cheap choice, and many including myself have used it with no problem. It is usually a nice light golden color, but I have seen some people with white pool sand.


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 Post subject: Re: Clay substrate?
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That clay scares the ******** out of me. I would not take a chance on it. Pool filter sand sounds much better.

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 Post subject: Re: Clay substrate?
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll let my buddy experiment with it on his tanks for a while before I try it. He had someone recommend it to him for planted tanks.

I use PFS in almost all of my tanks, but I'm looking for something darker for my Yala swamp project.


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if you want darker and rock bottom price, there is playsand. It is very dark, but you really have to rinse it, as it has allot of fine sediment.


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It's not cheap, but there are some planted tank substrates that have really dark colored clay or sand. One of those might be an option.


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if you want darker and rock bottom price, there is playsand. It is very dark, but you really have to rinse it, as it has allot of fine sediment.


How dark? I'm after something like chocolate, dark brown or red.


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I think playsand tends toward a medium brown.


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Update on this. Here's a picture of my buddy's tank with the Safe-T-Sorb substrate. It's been doing very well.

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Tractor Supply sells 50lbs of black sand paper sand for less than $20. I know people who use it with no problems and I'm going to try it eventually.


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Hmmm, sand paper sand. That's a new one to me. Are there options for colors? I would guess yes depending on grit. I would love to know if they have it in black, and possibly white.


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The stuff I referred to is black. I'm not sure if there are lots of options at TSC but you might be able to find more online.


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I found at my local pool supply store Aquaquartz #20 grade .45-.55mm Silica Sand. Would this be a good substrate for Victorians and for my FX5 filter? Don't want it being cloudy but also don't want it cutting the insides of their mouths too. Thanks.

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