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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:42 pm Post subject: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 hi  guys  ,  i  just  read  about  this  new  substrate  "baked  and  crushed  clay"  for  growing  plants   .  does  it  really  work  ?  if  so  how  ?  can  i  just  crush  some  earthen  ware  and  use  it?   pls..  reply  .  Neutral
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:37 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 Vishnu,
 Baked  clay  and  crushed  earthenware  are  no  good  on  their  own,  they  are  almost  inert  (no  food  for  plants).  you  will  have  to  add  half  an  inch  of  mineralised  garden  soil  as  bottom  layer  to  overcome  it.  They  are  just  one  step  better  than  using  sand  as  top  layer  as  they  are  porous  (Helps  in  beneficial  bacterial  colonization)  and  have  good  CEC.  so  on  the  long  run  they  can  absorb  some  nutrition  and  make  it  available  to  plants.
 Or  you  can  start  dosing  fertilizers  from  the  very  beginning  to  negate  their  inertness..  Anyhow,  sooner  or  later  dosing  is  inevitable  even  with  the  best  of  planting  substrates..
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:40 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 thanks  !!  Sad   seems  like  i  have  to  drop  this  new  idea  of  using  crushed  and  baked  clay  .  well  will  have  to  do  some  more  browsing  for  diy  substrate  .  we  don't  get  good  substrate  for  planting  easily  in  jaipur  ,  i  don't  know  even  it  is  available  or  not  ?  guess  i  have  to  stick  with  sand  for  some  time
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 I  done  my  diy  substrate   in  this  method
 
 
 
 
 TOP  LAYER   U  CAN  FIX     LIKE  WHITE  SAND   OR  BLACK  COMMON  GRANULES  ETC     
 
 i  DONE  LIKE  THIS
 
 
 
   
 
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 i'd  rather  stick  to  sand  (from  construction  site)  .  well  ,  try  this  when  doing  just  planted  tank  .  right  now  plants  just  for  fishy  purpose
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:24 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 
 update  of  the  tank  
 
 see  the  above  post  too
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:13 am Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 Cow  dong?  I  remember  many  hobbyist  mentioned  not  to  use.
 
 Is  it  really  safe?  I  think  cow  dong  has  just  ammonia  in  majority!  Instead  I  would  add  more  vermicompost.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:51 am Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 Cow  dung  is  not  really  dangerous.  I  think  it  just  stinks  up  the  entire  neighbourhood.  Or  so  I  have  heard.  Never  dared  use  it!
 
 Vermi-compost  can  be  used  only  in  small  quantities.  It  is  a  very  powerful  thing  which  proves  detrimental  when  used  in  large  quantities.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 The  cow  dung  that  he  mentioned  is  dried  and  powdered  ones  used  in  bare  minimum  quantities
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:27 pm Post subject: Re: DYI: substrate Reply with quote

 It  is  called  as  cow  dung  cake.   In  tamil  "varatti".   New  generations  don't  know  about  this.
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