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Old 06-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #1 
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Question So, here's a question...

Hope this doesn't get me banned but has anyone tried kitty litter for a substrate? I thought of this originally just being a smart azz but apparently ppl do this! So, I was wondering if anyone tried it and how it worked out for them. I've read the best (I guess) is Special Kitty Litter from Wal-Mart. Although, eventually it degrades and makes a "frigging mess" after about a year or so. I can only imagine trying to clean out the bottom of an aquarium when you change it (have to blast it out with a hose). Clumping litter gets so hard that I can't imagine a plant being able to grow in it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:34 PM   #2 
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No. Absolutely not. Aside from the pollutants in it there's a reason the box warns not to flush it down the toilet.
I would never never use it!! I advise against it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:43 PM   #3 
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Cat litter can be purely zeolite or diatomaceous earth. These two forms are safe, however you have to be certain that's the only thing in there.
Both of these absorb ammonia, zeolite is even sold to put in your filter.
So I can see using it as substrate, it is incredibly unattractive though. And the ammonia absorbing property will run out so it's not that beneficial to have it as substrate.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #4 
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Special Kitty is a clay based litter though?
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #5 
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Clay is an inert substance, so I guess that's be safe too.
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I wouldn't do it... This zeolite sounds cool though...
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:34 PM   #7 
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Not all clay kitty litter is created equal...it can very from state to state in how it is made....The pure clay "Special kitty litter" from walmart is what I used.

My first attempt I used 100% and it was fine until I have to plant and/or replant.....what a mess.....

Tore that tank down within a few months and tried it with a mix....75% dirt and 25% clay kitty litter and this worked much better....tank going on 3 years-more or less.
By mixing it with dirt helped keep the mess down when I pulled and/or replanted or did anything with the substrate, however, I like my native red clay I dig up around my stock pond better......I even make clay balls out of my native red clay-dry in the sun until hard and cram into the soil to add some extra Iron around the base of my sword plants when they start to look a little yellow.......Greens them up in just a few days.
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