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  1. Substrates
    I made my first batch of MTS. The MTS is loose. It's almost airy. It looks wonderful. I bought Mexican pottery clay to add to the MTS. The clay is packed as a moistened block weighing 5 lbs and is 4"x4"x5" in size. The clay is as dense as anything. It does not seem that 1 cup of each, for...
  2. Substrates
    I'd like to try making mineralized solid as posted in Aaron T's instructions. I'm going to mineralize with top soil and one with garden soil. I live in the Chicago area: we have hard water normally and clay-y soil. Couple questions: 1) Do I need the dolomite in hard water areas? Can't find...
  3. Substrates
    In 2008 Aaron Talbot described the process of creating mineralized substrate. The thread it generated contains a number of questions about the clay part of the formula. Being new to APC I missed out on the conversation, but as a potter I have a few tips that will still be helpful which...
  4. El Natural
    Hey! I've done a few NPTs over the years, but always used gravel as the cap. This time around, I want to try some coarse sand, just because I love how it looks. In plain sand tanks I've often kept MTS to stir it up. I know that snails in general help break things down faster in an NPT. Are...
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