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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:39 pm Post subject: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Hi
 I  got  a  few  bricks  of  what  I  assume  to  be  laterite  Smile  .  I  wanted  to  know  if  this  is  good  quality  laterite?  I  didn't  want  to  setup  the  whole  tank  first  and  then  find  out  that  i  have  bad  substrate
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:44 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 From  the  photo  it  seems  to  be  alright  -  well  burned.  So  go  ahead.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:54 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Kaushik,
 
 You  do  not  burn  Laterite  bricks.  They  are  quarried  just  like  Granite  or  Marble.
 
 Unni,
 
 yes,  you  can  use  that  brick.  But  you  will  have  to  crush  it  and  it  is  very  hard.  If  possible  I  suggest  you  go  for  stream  bed  laterite  gavel  found  in  abundance  on  the  way  to  Thekdi  and  Munnar.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:00 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

                                                   
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From  the  photo  it  seems  to  be  alright  -  well  burned.  So  go  ahead.
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 Laterite  bricks  are  not  burned.  They  are  always  raw  and  natural.  These  bricks  are  hewn,  cut  and  shaped  from  solid  rock.
 
 Unninga,  The  simple  rule  of  thumb  is  to  go  for  the  redder  bricks.  The  redder  the  better.
 
 The  western  coastal  stretch  from  Northern  Sri  Lanka,  Kerala  ,  Karnataka  and  Goa  is  laterite  country.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 ops  Oops  Actually  I  thought  it  was  burned  after  getting  information  from  Nayak  yesterday.  Sorry
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:09 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Kaushik,  
 
 Can  you  please  point  out  the  post  where  I  have  said  Laterite  bricks  are  burnt?  Â Shocked  
 
 I  am  sure  I  have  never  said  that,  But  if  you  have  seen  it  then  it  must  be  in  a  post  Since  I  have  not  spoken  to  you  at  all!  
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:25 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Laterite  collected  from  Anantagiri  Hills,  100km  from  Hyderabad.
 
 Gravel  size  was  5+mm  and  very  fine  powder,  later  all  was  powdered  before  adding  to  the  tank  and  with  a  hammer.
 
 It  was  found  all  the  way  on  road  sides
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:28 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 I  am  so  happy  that  the  big  guns  Guns  {in  my  eyes  }  have  given  an  affirmative  in  such  a  short  time.  Smile
 Me  and  my  son  are  sitting  down  and  crushing  it  by  hand  {old  fashined  mallet  and  chisel  method}.  I  am  throwing  away  all  the  pale  and  yellow  bits  and  keeping  the  red  parts  only.
 
 
 
 @  Nayak
 Boss  no  option  to  go  to  the  river  beds  anytime  soon  Sad  .
 
 I  got  these  sent  down  from  my  native  place  in  hilly  Pathanamthitta  district.  I  live  in  the  swampy  humid  parts  of  Kochi  where  the  soil  is  more  of  decaying  plants  and  salt  from  the  backwaters.
 The  taxi  driver  who  delivered  it  to  me  was  giving  me  strange  looks.  This  must  be  the  first  time  that  he  saw  someone  ordering  only  three  "Vettukallu"  bricks   Chuckle
 
 
 Another  question
 How  finely  do  I  have  to  crush  it  before  putting  this  as  the  bottom  layer?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:35 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 laterite  bricks  are  burnt  since  i  have  seen  few  of  them  having  black  colour  as  if  they  were  burnt.
 please  check  this  link  :-
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:35 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

                                                   
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How  finely  do  I  have  to  crush  it  before  putting  this  as  the  bottom  layer?                

 
 2-3  mm  in  size,  Seive  them  so  that  they  are  of  uniform  size
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:38 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Friend  Kaushik,
 
 Still  waiting  to  correct  my  mistake  IF  I  have  made  one.
 
 Unni,
 
 Not  too  fine  or  it  will  cloud  your  water  every  time  you  disturb  it.  Go  for  about  3-5mm  size.  For  bigger  pieces  you  can  tie  the  Rhizome  of  Java  ferns  or  Anubias  if  you  have  them.  Also  the  Various  moss  catch  on  well  to  the  porous  surface  of  bigger  pieces  of  laterite.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:38 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Hey  unni,
 
 Even  I'm  from  Pathanamthitta  and  will  be  going  there  in  sept.  Thanks  for  the  tip.  Vettukal  is  what  I  will  look  for  now.  Any  particular  place?  
 
 Also  is  the  ordinary  red  soil  in  kerala  good  enough?  And  how  long  will  a  bed  of  laterite  last?  When  will  the  nutrients  get  exhausted?
 
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laterite  bricks  are  burnt  since  i  have  seen  few  of  them  having  black  colour  as  if  they  were  burnt.
 please  check  this  link  :-
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 Amithkumar,  Please  do  not  post  such  Edit  on  this  forum  unless  you  have  first  hand  knowledge.
 You  are  warned.
 Half  knowledge  is  a  dangerous  thing.  Please  carefully  go  through  the  link  you  yourself  have  posted.  Those  are  clay  bricks.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:06 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

                                                   
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laterite  bricks  are  burnt  since  i  have  seen  few  of  them  having  black  colour  as  if  they  were  burnt.
 please  check  this  link  :-
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 Hi
 let  me  put  it  this  way
 The  bricks  that  I  have  got  have  NOT  been  burnt.
 When  I  was   a  child  I  have  seen  these  bricks  being  cut/  carved  out  of  hillsides  in  my  native  place.  I  do  not  remember  them  being  burnt  at  any  stage.
 You  might  be  right,  but  from  what  I  have  read  the  laterite  will  loss  most  of  its  useful  {planted  aquarium  wise}  once  its  heated/burnt
 
 I'm  sure  that  the  more  experienced  Guru's  would  kick  in  soon  on  the  subject


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:10 pm Post subject: Re: Is this good laterite? Reply with quote

 Amith,
 
 There  is  a  difference  between  regular  brick  and  laterite  brick.  Laterite  bricks  are  only  used  in  coastal  belt  of  the  southern  states.  These  are  not  burnt.
 
 Not  easily  available  in  other  places.  I  got  quite  a  few  stares  while  picking  them  up  from  a  vacant  site.  Quite  hard  to  source  them  in  places  like  Bangalore,  Mysore  Smile
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