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Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« on: June 28, 2008, 03:51:14 PM »
I'm needing to pick up some clay substrate (LECA, Hydroton) and haven't been able to find any locally (Racine). 

I have called Pond X in Sturtevant and no call back on that.

I know that Zilla or TRex is selling some but the bags are way too small for way too much.  I need enough to do several tanks.  Ordering online is pointless, the shipping is more than the product.
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2008, 07:21:41 PM »
Ive checked all over up here and cant find it either, everyone looks at me funny at Steins when I ask. Devin said he did get it in Madison but I dont know where. I will shoot him an email and ask him. :)



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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2008, 08:19:40 PM »
Look for a large orchid dealer or plant grower they have it down here after looking all over gods creation!

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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2008, 08:23:35 PM »
Where's down here?  I'm in Racine.  I've checked and called both Steins and Milaegers.  Of course none at any big box stores either.
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2008, 09:27:43 PM »
In Cedar Rapids, IA!! Not even close to you.

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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2008, 09:48:45 PM »
Ahhh, I see.  I was like how could you be any further down in Wisconsin than I am!  :D
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2008, 10:12:20 PM »
If you haven't seen this, Black Jungle has some opinion on Hydroton.
here is the link: http://www.blackjungle.com/blackjungle/prods/TL-20.html

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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2008, 10:58:06 PM »
There is a place in Brookfield that should have it>

BREW & GROW INC    262-789-0555
 
285 N Janacek Rd
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

You can always make a false bottom with egg crate. It's simple, and inexpensive. 



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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008, 09:39:38 AM »
Thanks b_rickard, I have checked all of those in my search as well, problem like I said was that the shipping is more than the cost of the LECA.  As far as BlackJungle, they sell their own "terra lite".  There's may be higher quality and more consistant sizes but it really doesn't matter in my application.  Plus their prices are way high too, plus high shipping costs.

Petco is carrying Zilla or ZooMed's black ones but it's about $10 for a small bag.  Maybe would do a 10gal.

HerpOly, thanks, I'll have to call them.  As far as the false bottom, in this one I'm not doing water underneath so I'm just using them under the substrate instead of gravel.  The tank is heavy enough without adding all the gravel. 
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2008, 01:29:23 PM »
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HerpOly, thanks, I'll have to call them.  As far as the false bottom, in this one I'm not doing water underneath so I'm just using them under the substrate instead of gravel.  The tank is heavy enough without adding all the gravel.

http://www.altgarden.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=387

Here is the web site prices.


The false bottom method does not use gravel. A material called egg crate is placed on pieces of pvc pipe, and landscape fabric or screen is placed on top to keep the substrate from falling in. What kind of tanks are you building?

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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008, 02:56:36 PM »
The false bottom method does not use gravel. A material called egg crate is placed on pieces of pvc pipe, and landscape fabric or screen is placed on top to keep the substrate from falling in. What kind of tanks are you building?

Yeah, I know what the false bottom method is, basically a raised platform of eggcrate.  It is usually used in applications where water is running under the whole thing, but I'm not doing that in this tank.  This tank is for my cresteds, it will be planted so I just wanted them for under the substrate for air flow, the EcoEarth tends to swamp/mold up if you don't have air under there.

I also have a red eye tank that I want the LECA for and there isn't enough free space to manuever eggcrate around in either because it has a huge waterfall in there.  So I'll just be putting down a few inches of it, held in by large rocks or wood for a pool area, and then probably river rock just to hold the LECA down.  I'm eliminating the current setup of all water on the bottom and making just a small pool with the rest land.  Those crickets just have death wishes!  Plus I want more walking area for the frogs as now it is all large rocks and wood pieces, nothing flat.
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008, 03:45:01 PM »
Did you check this one??

General Hydroponics dealers in WI

There may be a dealer close to you.

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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 07:37:05 PM »
  Papadigm Gardens in Madison has it. The website is paradigmgardens.com. Phone numbers are 608- 241-3800 or toll free 866-241-3800. They list 2 sizes available and in different quanities. Doug
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2008, 07:40:51 PM »
  Sorry should read Paradigm Gardens.
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Re: Where to buy Hydroton, LECA, clay substrate?
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