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Kitty litter? Are you serious?

Post by Nannook on Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:18 pm

I bought a 20 gal long off craigs list to upgrade my refugium. I have
been looking for designs, and I come across an entry on 3Reef to use
Miracle Mud it contains the natural additives and trace elements that
will leach into your DT water. I called WOF and they do not have any. I
called Morgan and he suggested I speak to Jay, he is using this in his
tank. I am pretty sure Frank mentioned this at our April meeting in his
55.

I then found a thread that walmart cheap unscented kitty litter is
the same clay as Miracle Mud for a fraction of the price.

Here is the quote off of 3reef "The mud is full of trace minerals etc. that will slowly and naturally
leach into the water, eliminating the need to dose extra trace elements
other than those provided by a regular waterchange. The mangroves seem to dig it too."


Do
you have any input or can you direct me?

Or other suggestions for
a good design.
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Post by cdness on Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:26 pm

hmm... might work... I don't think the mud is needed in the first place and most of them are just marketing ploys. Id say test it out on a tank with no livestock and watch the parameters... see what happens.
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Post by orange bam bams on Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:30 am

sounds crazy lol
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Post by tinkerman on Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:14 pm

When I was doing planted tanks therwe were people using it. Not sure about sw but seemed to be a good cheap plant substrate.

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Post by Nannook on Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:05 am

Well two weeks now since install of 3 inches of kitty litter under an inch of aragonite. The tank is immaculate and all life forms are flourishing. Maybe we need a few tons in the gulf of mexico.
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Post by orange bam bams on Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:52 am

That's crazy ! u did it lol is there a thread on using it in your tank somewhere RC or something ?
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Post by mpedersen on Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:41 am

I'm still in a bit of disbelief myself that you had the cahones to do this...
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Post by orange bam bams on Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:43 am

Me 2 thats why i was asking 4 a link or were he had heard it from !
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Post by orange bam bams on Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:44 am

oh duhh kinda says in original post lol sorry !
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Post by Nannook on Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:09 am

Well it has been 3 weeks, things look very good in the 55. I have begun moving lots of things out of my 29 biocube because it has a cyano problem. Jim thefilterguys suggested a 50% WC weekly for 3 weeks. I am two weeks into this and no change.

Matt correctly pointed out to me that if I am putting the same things in both tanks so my cyano (red slime in the 29 cannot be caused by my water, storage tanks etc. ) cannot be caused by storage containers or my RODI water. I love a good mystery. I will figure it out.

See link below for more info on the kitty litter.

www.3reef.com/forums/refugium/live-sand-miracle-mud-kitty-litter-61768.html

Summary: 55 with Walmart red back cheapo Kitty litter is doing marvelously. 29 bc has a cyano problem.
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Post by orange bam bams on Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:23 am

trapped bio sludge is cyano main cause ! I like just using red slime remover when i notice any forming !
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