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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:01 am Post subject: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Hi  All
 Just  got  my  hands  on  some  aqua  clay  ...  Its  german.  
 
 Now  I  have  never  used  this  before  ..  so  here  is  where  i  need  some  help.
 
 I  had  no  idea  the  pebbles  would  be  so  light.  I  put  them  up  in  the  tank  only  to  find  that  planting  is  a  lot  more  difficult  now.
 I  know  a  simple  fix  would  be  to  take  off  some  of  the  aqua  clay  and  top  it  up  with  some  different  soil.
 
 But  I  do  want  to  understand  how  effective  would  that  be?  Secondly  will  the  aqua  clay  eventually  become  denser?
 
 Need  some  help  on  this.  Any  one  with  any  experience  with  this  -  Can  you  suggest?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:06 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 I  had  read  somewhere  that  aquaclay  should  be  boiled  before  use.  Is  that  true?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:26 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 I  read  that  too  but  i  dont  believe  it  is  neccessary
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:09 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Darius,
 Aqua  clay  is  light  because  of  its  porosity.  once  its  In  water,  it  starts  to  get  water  logged  like  driftwoods.  so  eventually  it  will  be  good  enough  for  planting.
 Boiling  is  not  necessary,  Boiling  is  done  to  speed  up  the  waterlogging  process.
 you  can  use  a  thin  layer  of  sand  or  gravel  if  you  are  in  a  hurry,  or  else  wait  for  them  to  settle  down.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:46 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

                                                   
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Darius,
 Aqua  clay  is  light  because  of  its  porosity.  once  its  In  water,  it  starts  to  get  water  logged  like  driftwoods.  so  eventually  it  will  be  good  enough  for  planting.
 Boiling  is  not  necessary,  Boiling  is  done  to  speed  up  the  waterlogging  process.
 you  can  use  a  thin  layer  of  sand  or  gravel  if  you  are  in  a  hurry,  or  else  wait  for  them  to  settle  down.                

 
 Hi  Nidhi
 
 The  thin  layer  of  sand/gravel  should  be  added  before  or  after  adding  Aqua  Clay?  I  am  confused  as  to  mixing  the  sand/gravel  or  make  it  like  a  layer  on  the  bottom  or  the  top.
 Its  a  dumb  question  I  know.  
 
 Thanks  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:03 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 @  Zoom
 You  put  in  aquaclay  first  and  then  put  a  thin  layer  of  sand  or  gravel  on  topof  it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:53 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 @  zoom,
 
 I  have  used  aqua  clay  mixed  with  contra  soil  in  my  2  feet  tank,  I  felt  aqua  clay  is  the  worst  substrate   as  you  can  not  grow  any  forground  plant's  and  the  stem  plants  eventualy  come  out  after  you  planted  them  as  the  soil  is  very  light  weight.
 
 I  would  sugest  you  either  go  for  contro  soil  or  ADA  substrate.  
 
 you  an  use  Aqua  clay  as  a  filtration  media.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:49 pm Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 @Nidhi  -  So  you  say  this  will  get  waterlogged  after  a  while  and  become  heavy  enough  to  plant  -  How  long  will  this  process  take?
 
 @Minnu  -  Thanks,  though  I  have  used  contro  soil  and  my  views  on  it  are  mixed  ...  ADA  substrates  are  good  ...
 
 But  wanted  to  know  how  good  is  Aqua  Clay
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:18 pm Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 As  far  as  I  know,  Aqua  clay  is  just  an  inert  substrate  and  it  does  not  have  any  nutrients  and  you  will  have  to  provide  any  base  nutrients  when  you  are  laying  aqua  clay  as  the  substrate.
 
 You  can  use  the  plant  base  from  Ocean  free,  JBL  or  Ferka  and  then  use  the  aqua  clay  at  the  top  of  it.
 
 But  I  would  also  like  to  mention  that  the  substrate  is  very  light  weight  that  it  almost  floats.  It  would  be  very  difficult  to  grow  carpet  plants  in  aqua  clay  as  the  substrate.  This  is  my  opinion  on  the  substrate.   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  used  aqua  clay  as  the  only  substrate  in  my  tank.  Plants  gets  up  rooted  often  and  you  should  add  ADA  soil  on  top  of  it  because  there's  no  sufficient  nutrition  on  aqua  clay  so  plants  are  looking  mal  nutritious  plants  and  some  of  the  plants  started  to  die  :-(  But  aqua  clay  keeps  the  water  crystal  clear  in  my  tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:23 pm Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys  ...  let  me  know  what  you  think  of  this.  I  need  to  fill  up  certain  areas  of  the  tank  only  ...  Since  I  already  have  a  base  of  red  soil  ...  I  will  remove  some  of  the  aqua  clay  (which  is  above  the  red  soil)  and  top  it  up  with  either  more  red  soil  or  contro  soil.
 
 Will  this  work  enough  for  me  to  plant  stems  and  carpet?
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:40 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 any  suggestions?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:34 am Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Darius,
    As  Shelly  has  mentioned,  Its  basically  a  inert  substrate.
 Meaning,  that  it  does  not  contain  any  nutrition  of  its  own.  But  it  has  good  CEC,  CEC  is  used  as  a  measure  of  fertility  and  nutrient  retention  capacity.
 so  if  you  provide  a  source  of  nutrition  under  the  Aquaclay,  it  will  absorb  them  and  make  them  available  for  the  plants.
 What  I  would  suggest  is  remove  the  Aquaclay.  add  a  hand  full  of  vermicompost  on  top  of  the  red  soil  and  put  back  the  Aquaclay.
 Regarding  the  water  logging,  I  feel  it  will  take  around  1  month.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:59 pm Post subject: Re: Aqua Clay - Need advice Reply with quote

 Got  it  thanks  ...  will  keep  you  posted!!
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