I've got a planted 29gal, dosing about .75ml of flourite every few days, diy co2
just spewing microbubbles into the tank (from a diy reactor), ph dropped from tap water of about 7.8 to about 7.2 in the tank, ~130 watts of overdriven fluorescent lights, all the other specs (kh
, etc...) I have no clue, other than the water here is hard enough to eat with a fork and has enough iron stain anything red.
substrate is Lee's medium black aquarium gravel (about 2") and about 1" of white play sand, with some Seachem iron+ tabs in the very bottom
tank is medium-heavy planted with:
Egeria Densa (Anarcharis)
Cabomba sp. "Pulcherrema" (Cabomba Purple/Red?)
Ludwigia repens x. "Palustris" (Ludwigia Broadleafed) (maybe Ludwigia ovalis ?)
Bacopa monnieri (Moneywort)
Echinodorus paniculatis (Amazon Sword)
Some sort of Milfoil (Myriophyllum family) 'Foxtail'
Some sort of stem plant with long slender sword like leaves ~2-4" ea, growing from a center stem, sold at "Pet Supplies Plus" as 'Assorted Aquatic Plant' lol!
and heh, Mondo Grass (i know it's a houseplant, but it looks good for now)
All the plants seem to be doing well, the ludwiga has a lot of red leaves (nearest the surface), as does the cabomba, but I can't get any of them to "pearl"
so, I was going to try adding some clay to the substrate, to see if will kick things up a notch
I've read online about "clay balls", rolling natural potters clay into small balls, drying them, and then adding them to the gravel and crushing them once they're buried deep, and let gravity to the rest of spreading them out
however, the tiny town I live in does not have any potters clay, let alone an art shop ... so I was thinking - kitty litter!
I already have a kitty litter substrate based 30 gal
that's warehousing some stupid goldfish who's pond is about 38°f right now, but everything I plant in it just gets eaten, so... that leaves my 29 gal
I was thinking about buying some natural clay kitty litter (hartz PH5 is what I've used before), and boiling it in water to break down the 'chips' into a slurry, and then sun drying the slurry in icecube trays
has anyone ever tried such a venture? It just seems doomed to failure as soon as I think about "boiling" kitty litter
are there any alternative sources for clay I might be overlooking? Natural sources are out as my area is all sand ... anything I might be overlooking here?