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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #855

>Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 08:29:00 EST
>From: NorbSpitzer at gateway_net
>Subject: Re: Kitty Litter / Osmocote
>Am  considering a trial tank with WalMart Kitty Litter seeded with Osmocote
>as first layer, Flourite as middle layer , then sealed with gravel (and
>coarse sand) .
>1. Any recommendations as to the amount of Osmocote to use in the KL layer
>(Per unit surface area)?

I used 1 teaspoon per bottom surface area

>2. Comments re the adviseability   of this whole approach?

I started my 10 gallon tank on Dec 23 with a DIY CO2 and I haven't had any
problems. I used Hartz pH5 litter  as this is the one brand I heard of the

My substrate is Kitty Litter covered with #3 Silica Sand.

You may want to visit Dan Quackenbush's site www.aquariumplants.net for more
information. He discusses substrate in part 2 ofhis article on Low Tech


Calgary, Alberta