1- Lime mud.
2- Low lime mud.
3- Gypsum mud.
4- Sea water mud.
5- Saturated salt water mud.
6- K-plus mud.
Advantages over conventional water base mud:-
1- will Telerate a higher concentration of clays before developing high viscosity,
2- less drastic effects by contaminants such as cement, anhydrite, ..
3- can be raised to a higher mud weights before developing excessive viscosity,
4- less progressive gelling tendency.