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  1. I'm pleased to have found this kitty litter on sale which I'll be using to replant my water lilies for spring. $7 for a 16 Lb bag. The company says it is 100% Wyoming sodium bentonite clay, no fillers, no fragrances, dyes or chemicals There are two types of bentonite clay, calcium and sodium. Koi Clay and similar products are calcium bentonite which is basically a non swelling bentonite. Sodium Bentonite is sometimes calling "swelling clay" because depending on the source it can swell twice its dry size up to over 20 times its size when introduced to water. Koi breeders often use it at the bottom of their rocky ponds to seal them. So this should be safe to use as a planting medium. I'll cover the top with pea gravel to keep Skeletor from making a facial mask with it. I'm planning to mix it with a lava-rock type planting medium this weekend and replant my water lilies. I'd be interested to hear what other people use - there is plenty of water lily/pond plant advice on the web, most of it does not consider what would be safe for fish. More on Wyoming sodium bentonite: Bentonite is an industrial mineral, rich in a clay mineral called montmorillonite. Bentonites used for hydraulic barriers in North America are produced from the naturally occurring sodium bentonites mined in the state of Wyoming. These bentonites have a unique cation chemistry. The cations that balance electrostatic charge in the clay structure are "exchangeable" cations and consist of sodium (Na+), calcium (Ca++), and Mg (++) cations. The largest deposits of commercial sodium bentonite are found in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. Over the years, these special bentonites have become famous and commonly referred to as "Wyoming" bentonite. The combination of the relative purity, its unusual geochemistry and structure is why "Wyoming" bentonite is used as a sealant. Purity is defined by the amount of sodium montmorillonite as compared to the other minerals present in the bentonite. A typical "Wyoming" bentonite contains ~90% montmorillonite while other bentonites produced around the world have only 70-80% montmorillonite.
  2. Hi, I couldn't find any koi clay in Australia, but I did find this bentonite clay. I bought some for my lil fish, and I have a couple of questions about it.... This is the product I bought.... It is a powdered form... http://www.healyourself.com.au/organic-foods/trilogy-skincare-order/australian-bentonite-clay-250g Is it the same as Koi Clay? How much do I add to the tank? either per L or Gal is fine, or my tank is 220L... Is it safe to add during cycling? I am still waiting for the nitrites to appear on the API drop test kit. Thanks so much...
  3. Since there have been a few questions regarding koi clay and how much and how long it clouds the water, I decided to make a video series of adding koi clay to my tank. The first one is kind of long as I added it and then let it disperse for a while. The other videos are 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes after adding the koi clay. As you can see, it clears fairly quickly although results will vary from tank to tank. Also, notice it does cloud your tank but not horribly. I added 1 tsp of koi clay to my 75 gallon tank. I use Ultimate Koi Clay. And, yes, I realize I should have done this at night so there wasn't so much glare. 15 minutes after adding koi clay 30 minutes after adding koi clay 45 minutes after adding koi clay 60 minutes after adding koi clay
  4. I'm thinking of getting some koi clay, but I'm not mad about the idea of it initially making the water murky then settling on my nice black sparkly Tahitian moon sand. I think I read somewhere that you can bake it into little balls and put them in the tank for the fish to nibble on, that way it doesn't disperse through the water. Can you do this or have I just made it up? Would be great to hear from someone who's done this before, and just general reviews of koi clay
  5. If anyone wants to try a small amount of Ultimate Koi Clay PM me. I put some in my gel food and a little in my fountain, but it will be a while before I use up the entire 6 pounds I purchased. They don't seem to sell this in small amounts and the the shipping is expensive. So if you're interested in a few ounces let me know, perhaps we can work something out.
  6. What can you tell me about it? I'm reading that lots of people really like it - but is it something that should be a staple in every tank, or just if certain conditions exist? Where does one buy it? Basically asking for a koi clay crash course, if you please.
  7. I made some of the non-floater gel food for my goldies, and now I am wondering what to do with this big jar of koi clay. It's probably enough for 50 years worth of food for 3 goldfish. Would it be good for them if I added it to the tank? I searched for instructions, but I could only find information adding it to ponds. How much should I use for a 55g? Thanks, Sara
  8. Hello All! I just started dabbling in Live Plants recently and have been messing around with Calcium Montmorillonite Clay (aka Koi Clay, Bentonite). I am experimenting with different ways to use it (in addition to the typical food additive and slurry techniques). My current concoction are Clay Plant Substrate Fertilizer Balls. What do you all think of this? Beneficial or potentially harmful? This is what I am doing: Materials: (1) Montmorillonite Clay/Calcium Montmorillonite Clay/Koi Clay/Bentonite (2) Organic Potting Mix (I used Espoma Organic Potting Mix) or alternative source of dry nutrient(s) (3) Water from Fish Tank (4) Parchment Paper (5) Oven (@ 250 degrees F) I simply wet the koi clay and flatten it in to a disc. Then I add a small pinch of Organic Potting mix to the center of the disc. I enfold the potting mix in to the disc and roll the clay in to a small ball between my palms. Consequently, I wet the small clay ball with water from my fish tank and roll the ball in additional dry koi clay. Then I moisten the ball one more time (only a tiny bit), just to make sure it is completely coated and the potting mix is completely encased. Then I pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until hard. When they are cooled, I plan on placing them in the substrate of my planted tank, where thereoretically they will slowly dissolve and release nutrients for my plant roots. Any thoughts on this? I will be experimenting with them in my non-fish, 10 gallon, "plant nursery" tank for now, but do you think it is safe to eventually use in my goldfish tank with the organic potting mix? Does anyone else have any additional ideas on how to make this work? Possibly with alternative "fillings"? Any additional feedback would be awesome as well ! Also, one more question...does koi clay affect pH/KH/GH? And if so, to what degree? Thanks!
  9. Hidr & Fang had asked that I post videos showing the full tanks the last time I did a video update, so here they are. In the first part, you'll see the 55 with the tiny tots. The last 2/3 of the video is the 100 gallon right after a water change. As usual, I added koi clay, and you can see how well it clears up. Enjoy & thank you for watching
  10. Hey guys! I am getting ready to put the new Koi Clay in the various tanks but I just looked at the directions and it says - 50grams per 2200Gals of water!!!!!! So HOW do you guys prepare it for non monster tanks?! What is the dosage of your 'stock solution' basically?! thanks!!!
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