RE: NANFA-- That whole sandbed thing.

Jeffrey Fullerton (
Sun, 02 Feb 2003 17:19:36 -0500

A couple months ago I started experimenting with a product from Shultzs
called "Aquatic Plant Soil". It's a clay product sort of like a course
grade of kitty litter- except that it does not disolve in water and get
mushy but stays in a gravel like form. I've been using it in pond
baskets for growing milfoils and other submerged plants and also as a
soil amendment for terrestrial plants in the greenhouse!

I am now contemplating it's use as a substrate in aquaria and possibly
in the greenhouse pond. The color is sort of a reddish tan that looks
like natural clay so it might make a great natural looking substrate. It
allows water (or air in the case of terrestrial plants) circulation
which is good for roots.

There is also a product called "clay soil conditioner" which may be the
same thing for possibly a lower price. What I've been getting is about
$6 a bag from Busy Beaver- which is probably enough to cover the bottom
of a small tank- 10 to 15 gallons.

May have to give it a try.

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