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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:11 am Post subject: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 My  first  attempt  on  planted  aquariums  turned  a  failure.  
 
 Specs-
 10  G,  DIY  filtered,  3watt/G  lighting.
 flora  -  Amazons,  valisneria
 fauna  -  1  betta,  2  guppies,  2  ghost  shrimp
 
 
 Reasons  for  failure  as  per  my  speculation  -
 1)  Bad  substrate  [picture].  I  chose  crushed  pebbles  (may  be  crushed  glass  Surprised  ,  if  it  is,  I  regret  my  decision  badly)  as  form  of  substrate.  
 2)  Lack  of  proper  fertilisers.  I  did  add  micro  fertilisers  in  the  end  as  a  last  effort  to  green  up  things.
 
 Currently  its  in  a  barren  dried  up  state  with  brown  and  wilting  leaves  all  over.
 I  am  planning  on  scrapping  up  the  whole  thing  and  starting  again.
 
 
 Could  someone  suggest  good  substrate  for  the  planted  nano  aquarium  ?
 The  thing  is,  it  needs  to  be  as  much  lighter  on  the  pocket  as  possible.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:31 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 Use  a  half  inch  layer  of  mineralized  red  soil,  topped  with  half  inch  layer  of  construction  sand  and  one  inch  layer  of  gravel  over  it.  This  should  be  good  for  Vals  and  Amazon  swords  and  most  of  the  common  plants  you  get  at  LFS's.  You  will  have  to  dose  Macro  nutrients  once  the  plants  acclimatize  and  start  growing.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:39 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 You  need  to  replace  your  current  substrate  with  river  sand  or  laterite  which  I'm  sure  other  hobbyists  from  Hyderabad  (of  which  there  are  plentiful  on  this  forum)  will  help  you  find.  Don't  get  into  fertilizers  as  of  now,  there's  still  time  for  that.  Start  with  the  right  substrate  and  the  right  lighting  and  the  rest  will  fall  into  place.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:15 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 +1  with  preeths..
 If  have  potted  garden  plants,  then  change  the  potting  soil  for  the  garden  plants  in  the  pot  and  use  the  old  soil  from  the  pot  as  the  bottom  layer  of  1.5  inches  for  the  aquarium,  then  top  up  with  construction  sand..  the  ones  which  are  considered  as  waste  when  they  seive  it  for  plasting,  ofcourse  you  need  to  remove  the  bigger  size  pebbles  from  it,  ideally  you  need  the  size  from  1-3  mm  size  of  construction  sand  for  1.5  inches  thick..
 normally  you  dont  need  to  dose  ferts  for  a  long  time  with  this  setup..  you  can  dose  micros  if  any  deficiancy  occurs..
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:48 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 There  are  lots  of  threads  in  IAH  regarding  the  DIY  substrates.  You  can  get  lots  of  information  related  to  the  DIY  substrate.  And  most  of  the  things  required  can  be  easily  acquired  through  plants  nursery.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:12 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 1)  Laterite:  any  roadside  nursery  at  Hyderabad(but  without  any  manure)
 2)  Vermicompost:  Mr  Bharani(near  NMDC  bus  stop)  or  Mr  Debarghya  Sengupta(Lothkuntha)
 3)  Humus:  Mr  Bharani(near  NMDC  bus  stop)  or  Mr  Debarghya  Sengupta(Lothkuntha)
 4)  Cocopeat:  Nurseries  at  Basheerbagh(may  not  be  available  with  roadside  nurseries.
 5)  Normal  building  sand:  I  dont  have  to  tell  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:56 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 Can  you  get  soilrite  in  your  place..?
 Then..  it  simplyfies  your  search  for  substrate,  use  it  1.5  inches  as  bottom  layer  topped  with  construction  sand  for  another  1.5  inches..
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:59 am Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

                                                   
Nidhi  wrote  (View  Post):                
Can  you  get  soilrite  in  your  place..?
 Then..  it  simplyfies  your  search  for  substrate,  use  it  1.5  inches  as  bottom  layer  topped  with  construction  sand  for  another  1.5  inches..                

 
 Ya  thats  also  a  good  idea,  infact  my  first  planted  tank  was  with  soilrite,  available  Nurseries  at  Basheerbagh(may  not  be  available  with  roadside  nurseries.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:06 pm Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 Thanx  for  all  the  replies,  will  try  laterite  soil  +  construction  sand  combination.
 
 
                                                 
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Can  you  get  soilrite  in  your  place..?
 Then..  it  simplyfies  your  search  for  substrate,  use  it  1.5  inches  as  bottom  layer  topped  with  construction  sand  for  another  1.5  inches..                

 
 Ya  thats  also  a  good  idea,  infact  my  first  planted  tank  was  with  soilrite,  available  Nurseries  at  Basheerbagh(may  not  be  available  with  roadside  nurseries.                

 
 @partha  -  thanks  for  the  locations  and  suggestions,  will  try  to  find  soilrite  in  nearby  nurseries,  I  live  around  S.R.  Nagar.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:21 pm Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 I  have  a  query......  Will  these  combination  perform  atleast  75%  to  ada  soil?
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I  have  a  query......  Will  these  combination  perform  atleast  75%  to  ada  soil?                

 I  think,  the  plants  cant  tell  the  difference  between  branded  and  the  DIY  thing  ROFL  ..  They  will  grow  if  the  conditons  are  right,  or  else   Sad
 I  have  seen  people  who  failed  with  branded  substrate,  and  some  peeople  succeede  in  just  about  any  basic  substrate...
 Its  all  in  your  hands..  use  what  you  are  comfortable  with..  Smile
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I  have  a  query......  Will  these  combination  perform  atleast  75%  to  ada  soil?                

 Do  the  DIY  substrate  properly  and  dose  regularly,  it'll  do  way  better  than  any  commercial  substrate,  without  the  algal  bloom  headache.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:55 pm Post subject: Re: Need cheap substrate solutions Reply with quote

 +1  for  Madan  sir,
 
 Difference  is  I  have  3  feet  2  tanks  and  1  feet  one  which  is  planted  and  in  3ft  one  tank  is  of  controsoil  and  I  see  algae  and  the  other  has  the  normal  sand  and  its  stands  for   around  yrs  till  now  I  have  not  come  across  any  alage.
 
 
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 I  have  tried  with  2.5  inch  of  white  play  sand  (available  in  most  garden  store)in  the  UK,  just  have  to  wash  it  3-4  times.  I  never  had  algae  problem  as  there  was  no  excessive  nutrition  on  the  tank,  but  I  have  to  dose  it  regularly.  I  was  dosing  with  JBL.
 
 Now  I  am  back  to  Bengaluru  and  planning  to  experiment  on  sea  sand.  Hope  it  will  be  a  success.
 
 Good  luck
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 One  bit  of  advice  :  Dont  depend  entirely  on  the  substrate  to  provide  nutrients  to  your  plants.  Dose  atleast  some  amount  of  ferts  in  the  water  column
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