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Old 11-21-2020, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I do have the flocculant (Clarity), but hadn’t thought about it. Thanks for the reminder.
Here’s a pic of “immediately after rinse and filling aquarium”. Will update later today with any results, and hold on the Clarity unless I get impatient.
I have to say, I am really liking the color of the substrate.
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1 hour after adding Clarity at roughly recommended dose (0.25 tsp for this 5.5gal.) Getting there.
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So, as I was planting a couple crypts, I noticed all these bubbles coming up (perhaps as water forces air from pore space?). I significantly disturbed in order to release air bubbles. I figured this would be “normal” activity, so I am capturing as this progresses. I won’t add Clarity again, though, unless it’s still cloudy in the morning.
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In the photos, OilDri looks exactly like STS. And I've noticed the bubbles in a new STS set-up. They do not form if you do a lot of soak and rinse with STS. I don't do that any more because it does not prevent initial cloudiness from STS. The cloudiness goes away in about 48 hours with mechanical filtration.
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You know, it reminds me VERY much (like, exactly) of the old “aquarium plant substrate” that aquariumplants.com used to have (12 years ago). Light and fluffy, distinctive “smell” to it, initially cloudy but clears on its own...
Wonder if they using the same thing. The bag of this product says it’s “bentonite (calcium montmorillic type)”.
Since last disturbing a little while ago, it’s already back to as clear as the prior photo.
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Not 24 hours in yet, and did not add anymore Clarity. Not “perfectly” clear yet, but it’s pretty close.
One thing that would deter me possibly, is how light weight this is. Vacuuming with a siphon could be lots of start/stop since the substrate will be easily picked up.
Is Saf-T-Sorb a heavier product?
Regardless, I am satisfied with OilDri for this little 5.5g. May try Saf-t-sorb in the 30...see if there is a difference...not sure yet.
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Yeah, all of the baked clay products are light in weight.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I'm going to weigh in on this (pun intended). I have several types of substrates in my garage so I decided to weigh them. Here are the weights on one cup of each substrate (dry weight):

Special Kitty Litter - 5.75 oz
Safe-t-Sorb - 5.75 oz
ADA Amazonia - 7.75 oz
HTH Pool Filter Sand - 12.5 oz
Cemex Monterrey Natural Gravel - 13.25 oz

So yes, calcined clay products are lighter, especially compared to gravel or sand. Compared to ADA Amazonia it is about 25% lighter but not as much as some may have thought. -Roy
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One more advantage that STS has over sand: when you carry a bag of it from the store to your car. That can be important when you look at the calendar and notice you are no longer middle aged.
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That is why I switched to light weight ingredients for my home-made potting soil.
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