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Thread: Lava rock, Dyna Rok II, Aliflor

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    Has anyone used and care to comment on the use of the following products in planting mixes for carnivorous plants? They are often used for orchid potting mixes, but I haven't heard of their use (except for lava rock and Pinguicula) for carnivorous plants.

    Does anyone have any experience with these planting mix additives:
      [*] Aliflor -- an expanded (air-puffed) fired clay pellet product, I believe[*] Dyna Rok II -- a porous mined mineral composed of ancient diatoms, about 90% silica[*] Lava Rock -- natural crushed (or crushed and tumbled) lava that is very porous[/list]
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    I have used lava rock for Mexi-Pings and Neps as additives to mixes. I have not noticed any major effect from using it but in my cases the portions are probably only 1 part in 10, sometimes less.
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    I have used dyna rok (diatomite) for Orchids for the past 5 years. I haven't tried it on CP's yet, but am planning to experiement. I think it would work. It's supposed the be clean and with a neutral pH.
    Probably try on a few pings first. It's not that cheap so the usual peat sand mix is probably not better!
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    ive been using Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil lately as an additive. i believe its a fired clay product but i dont have the bag here at work. its heavier than perlite but its far less dusty(a huge plus in my book) plus at ~$6 for 10 pounds its pretty cheap hope to use it quite a bit with Pings but im adding some to my nep pots as well once they are in pots bigger than 6 inches, the weight helps keep the larger vining plants from tipping(mix is roughly 1/2 LFS, 1/4 coconut husk chips, 1/4 Schultz)
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    Shultz rocks! I use it as an aquarium substrate. It's light, doesn't float, doesn't grow algea, blends in well and doesn't affect PH.

    It's made of Fullers earth or something like that.

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    in reguards to the seemingly contridictory posts between JLAP and i as to its weight................its quite a bit heavier than perlite but by no means is it terribly heavy. i too have been using it a bit in aquariums and dart tanks. it seems to be very useful stuff to have around
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    Oh yeah, it's definately heavier than perlite but it's lighter than pebbles of similar size like laterite or flourite. I should have been more specific.

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    I've used fired clay extensively. I've had success with every CP I've tried, including Dionaea, Sarracenia, Drosera, Drosophyllum, Pinguicula and Utricularia. It works well in the place of perlite and vermiculite - doesn't float like perlite and holds water longer than vermiculite. Looks a lot nicer than perlite, too.
    By the way, lava rock works for lots of CPs besides Pings, too, especially pitcher plants (particularly Darlingtonia, I gather.) I have lava rock in with my Darlingtonia, Drosophyllum, and I think a few Neps - I use it a lot with succulents.
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