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Moler clay

Postby angelfishguy on 02 Dec 2014 23:17

Im looking to use moler clay as a capped substrate but cant find where too buy it, does anyone know where i might get it?

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Re: Moler clay

Postby joemc on 02 Dec 2014 23:41

tesco cat litter
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Re: Moler clay

Postby angelfishguy on 03 Dec 2014 00:07

yeah, ive used that before, but washing it loads to get rid of the perfume is a major pain.
would the perfume be a problem if it was only lightly washed?
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Re: Moler clay

Postby joemc on 03 Dec 2014 04:26

i am not sure if you can get non-perfumed or not buut i have read of people using the perfumed stuff with no problems in their tanks, actually i have not heard of anyone having a problem with the perfumed catlitter, maybe your nose is more sensitive than others
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Re: Moler clay

Postby MrJackDempsey on 03 Dec 2014 07:56

There is one of the Tescos cat litter that isn't perfumed ( the cheapest I think) and some of the other supermarket chains have their own brands but cat litter is very light and if you sneeze in one room you have a sand storm in your tank and floating plants that pull free. Personally wouldn't use it if perfumed unless well washed but might be I'm overly sensitive
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Re: Moler clay

Postby angelfishguy on 03 Dec 2014 10:18

I've used the tesco cat litter before, my head is melted trying to figure what substrate to use this time. Between topsoil, akadama, fuller's earth, kitty litter basically I can't justify spending €150+ on substrate :(
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Re: Moler clay

Postby MrJackDempsey on 03 Dec 2014 20:55

Would you try John Innes No3 compost? I used No2 but No3 has twice the ferts so should last longer. It has lime in it but didn't notice water ph changing. No 1 has half the ferts of No 2 ( basically just compost really) and you could add your fertilizer ( Osmocote seems the most cost effective) Are you going to be adding ferts to the water column?
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Re: Moler clay

Postby angelfishguy on 04 Dec 2014 01:56

yep, just the diy TPN+ unless there is a newer and better all in 1 fert, pressurized co2.

the big thing putting me off soil is the tannins it could leach, not a fan of the look in display tanks.

im leaning more towards some sort of inert clay for CEC and then a more aesthetically pleasing cap on it.
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Re: Moler clay

Postby KiwiDave on 04 Dec 2014 09:38

Hi anglefishguy,

I have used John Innes No3 compost and capped it with sand and had great results with plants. Your water will clear up after a few days once the tank has settled.
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Re: Moler clay

Postby angelfishguy on 04 Dec 2014 12:12

Thanks for the input dave, I thinking decided on Akadama but finding it now is a different story :(
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Re: Moler clay

Postby anthonyd on 05 Dec 2014 18:17

Johnstown garden centre used to sell it online.
Have a look they might still sell it.

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