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post #1 of 5 Old 04-30-2013, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone set up a planted tank using kitty litter/capping it with sand? Does it have to be atleast 75% planted?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-30-2013, 06:20 PM
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Has anyone set up a planted tank using kitty litter/capping it with sand? Does it have to be atleast 75% planted?
Clay kitty litter provides nothing more then a little Iron (If I am not mistaken and if I am someone can correct me.)

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plain, cheap, unscented, clay Kitty litter provides next to nothing, but it has a high CEC. CEC is too hard former to explain in one post, but essentially its the ability to absorb excess nutrients and release them over time.
CEC is good, but a mixture of soil and crushed vermiculite is better. (4 parts sifted clay-rich soil, 1 part vermiculite, moistened, and kneaded together) has the same benefits. just cap with sand. there's another thread below this one that covers soil.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-30-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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I've studied using soil in planted tanks quite a bit. I've been wanting to do a NPT but I don't want to risk crashing my parameters because I don't have a whole lotta plants.

I read/saw some people using kitty litter in their planted tanks and having great success with them. I'm not sure how the plants are benefiting from kitty litter tho O.O

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plain, cheap, unscented, clay Kitty litter provides next to nothing, but it has a high CEC. CEC is too hard former to explain in one post, but essentially its the ability to absorb excess nutrients and release them over time.
CEC is good, but a mixture of soil and crushed vermiculite is better. (4 parts sifted clay-rich soil, 1 part vermiculite, moistened, and kneaded together) has the same benefits. just cap with sand. there's another thread below this one that covers soil.

^^ sucks up the excess then slowly releases it, the plants take what they need witout having a huge risk of algae if im not mistaken.
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