I used pottery clay, the red stuff. I am not sure if the other clays have lotsa iron, but I can attest that I have great growth and have never dosed iron in my mineralized topsoil tank. Therefore, one can conclude that red clay has iron. You could probably find some at an art supply store, if there is one in your area.hey aaron,
great post! very useful! going to be using it soon! i would just like to ask some questions please!
at step 6 when putting the gravel over the mud wouldnt some of the gravel sink into the mud? thus causing a mixture thing?
and as for adding the clay? is there any sort of specific clay you must use or any?
It depends on how well you plant from the start. If you start off heavily planted, the plants will use whatever ammonia is released rapidly (assuming your lighting is decent). If you start off with very sparse planting, your fish may suffer.question? How well do fish cope with a new tank with Mineralized Soil Substrate?
I tried using the type of red clay we have here in FL and it just turned into an orange mess. Maybe I wasn't doing something right, but when I mixed it with water it all pretty much stayed suspended in the water until you let sit for awhile then the slightest movement of the water would stir it all up again. It doesn't seem to be the type of clay the the pottery stuff is more silty dirt clay. But then again thats the FL clay i used from my yard.Hello! I live in georgia and was wondering if I can use the red Georgia clay that is so prevalent in this area? This is the kind of clay that makes our rivers turn red when it rains and will stain your clothes orange.
Can I use only Georgia clay since I wouldn't be using the type of clay you use for pottery? I would just be digging it up from the yard. Could I get away with only a 1/4 inch layer of pure ga clay with 2 inches of fluorite over that?
I wouldn't use just clay as the soil layer. The mineralized soil layer should be about 90% soil and 10% clay. Using too much of any type of clay will result in a cloudy mess.I'm sure it's the same or almost the same stuff. I was thinking of just using a small amount, like a quarter of an inch covered by two inches of fluorite.
How many inches of substrate did you top it with, and how deep was your layer or clay?