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Cat litter for substrate?
Old 11-11-2010, 06:12 PM   #1
 
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Cool Cat litter for substrate?

I've read in a few places that cat litter can be used as a substrate. I can't seem to find much info on it, and I have a few questions:
1. Would this be compatible with plecos or catfish?
2. Can you grow all or any aquarium plants in it?
3. Is it safe?

Thank you for your time
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
 
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Waiting to see what the experts here tell you. Never heard of this and would think there would be chemicals in cat litter. I think it might make a slimy mess in the tank and be hard to remove.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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I wouldn't, there is bound to be a ton of stuff in it that will screw with the chemistry of your water. Play sand is cheaper and has been shown to be safe, plus it will look better.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:44 PM   #4
 
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play sand?

Ya, I thought it sounded pretty risky. By play sand do you mean this kind of stuff?

Amazon.com: 50LB Sandbox Sand: Home & Garden Amazon.com: 50LB Sandbox Sand: Home & Garden
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:48 PM   #5
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Yup pretty much, I think you can grab it at home depot for like $5 a bag
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:49 PM   #6
 
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
 
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I suppose it could work if its just absolutely plain stuff cause I think its just like clay, Ive seen it used in lizard tanks but never fish tanks. I wouldnt bother with it though, the sand route is much cheaper and safer.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:07 PM   #8
 
kitty litter is basically nothing but clay.. as stated above most have chemicals ... so get plain k-litter.

However I wouldn't use it.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:02 AM   #9
 
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since the play sand is cheap and easy to find, i wouldn't take any chances on kitty litter. good luck.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #10
 
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Thanks for clarifying that for him. I suspected the chemicals would screw up the tank.....let alone the mess it would make.
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