Clay As A Substrate?

BeanFish
  • #1
I'm trying to do the closest thing possible to a South East Asian biotope for my tiger barbs. From what I have red the waters there are very rich in Iron and the substrate is red. I have seen a guy that comercially grows plants use clay as a substrate in his tanks and the water was not cloudy at all, far from it. It also looked good (and I think my plants will appreciate the Iron too).

I was thinking about trying that out but I'm scared that with fish swimming around my water will always be filled with clay. Have any of you tried it out? I don't need that much as I already have sand, the idea was to make a fine layer of clay on top of the sand (yes, the reversed thing of what is usually done lol) so if clay is not possible I may go with Flourite but whenever I can save money I try to lol.
 
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OnTheFly
  • #2
I wouldn't do it Bean. Yard clay would need to be capped IMO.
 
BeanFish
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Yard clay? I would be buying the clay from the guy itself. Maybe I will just play it safe and do flourite, it has other things in there too so I already have an excuse to spend a crazy ammount of money on it lol
 
Tiny_Tanganyikans
  • #4
Flourite can be mashed into exactly what you want. Amazon has the 15lb bags on sale right now for prime members at 15% off
 
BeanFish
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Mmm. I guess I will go with Flourite. Looked at MercadoLibre which is like a LatinoAmerican Amazon and they cost 30 bucks with free shipping included. Far from being economical, hopefully my plants will benefit from it and I will get the South East Asian look I want.
 
Caitlin86
  • #6
I have red fluorite in my tank...I love it but it can be a pain 2 rinse...even after rinsing multiple times it can cause cloudiness. The first time I did it was a mess...the 2nd time worked perfect. I rinsed the fluorite in little batches in a colander...I then spread it evenly in a thin layer on towels and let it dry (preferably in the sun). This method caused zero cloudiness at all.
 

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