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Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:36 am Post subject: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

 Planning  a  new  planted  tank.  Can  I  use  Vermicompost  as  substrate?  Anyone  used  it  as  substrate?
 Plants  will  be  HM,  Hair  grass,  Glosso  etc.
 
 Please  help  me.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:00 am Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Scorpio
 
 As  long  as  it  does  not  contain  Animal  Dung  you  should  be  fine.  I  think  the  one  commonly  available  at  Garden  shops  are  largely  Animal  dung  based  and  you  may  face  a  lot  of  algae  issues  later.  I  think  Soilrite  might  be  a  better  option  instead  along  with  potting  clay.  I  think  Borneosucker  uses  Potting  clay  and  a  basic  1"  Fertilizer  base  without  animal  dung  for  glosso  growth  and  has  found  good  success,  I  read  that  on  his  Blog.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:03 am Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

 Scorpio
 
 I  used  Vermicompost  as  substrate  in  my  tank.  The  tank  picture  is  HERE.
 
 My  recipe  was  like  this
 
 1>  Strain  the  vermicompost  to  remove  any  unwanted  substance  like  live  worms  or  any  debri.
 2>  Wash  the  vermicompost  with  water  in  a  bucket  to  remove  dirt  and  loose  floating  substance.  Drain  the  water.
 3>  Spread  and  dry  it  completely.
 
 Now  mix  the  vermicompost  grannules  with  fondovivo  or  similar  substance  at  a  ratio  40:  60  and  spread  it  at  bottom  of  the  tank.
 
 Covered  it  with  any  inert  substrate  like  river  sand  or  quartz  sand.  Your  tank  is  ready  to  go.
 
 Follow  normal  fertilisation  method.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:11 am Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Scorpio
 
 I  used  Vermicompost  as  substrate  in  my  tank.  The  tank  picture  is  HERE.
 
 My  recipe  was  like  this
 
 1>  Strain  the  vermicompost  to  remove  any  unwanted  substance  like  live  worms  or  any  debri.
 2>  Wash  the  vermicompost  with  water  in  a  bucket  to  remove  dirt  and  loose  floating  substance.  Drain  the  water.
 3>  Spread  and  dry  it  completely.
 
 Now  mix  the  vermicompost  grannules  with  fondovivo  or  similar  substance  at  a  ratio  40:  60  and  spread  it  at  bottom  of  the  tank.
 
 Covered  it  with  any  inert  substrate  like  river  sand  or  quartz  sand.  Your  tank  is  ready  to  go.
 
 Follow  normal  fertilisation  method.
 
 Regards                

 
 Your  tank  is  beautifull.  Please  update  your  thread.
 
 BTW,  What  is  fondovivo?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:41 am Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi  Scorpio
 
 As  long  as  it  does  not  contain  Animal  Dung  you  should  be  fine.  I  think  the  one  commonly  available  at  Garden  shops  are  largely  Animal  dung  based  and  you  may  face  a  lot  of  algae  issues  later.  I  think  Soilrite  might  be  a  better  option  instead  along  with  potting  clay.  I  think  Borneosucker  uses  Potting  clay  and  a  basic  1"  Fertilizer  base  without  animal  dung  for  glosso  growth  and  has  found  good  success,  I  read  that  on  his  Blog.
 
 Warm  Regards
 Nirav  Shah
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 One  of  my  friend  is  preparing  it  only  for  aquarium  purpose  after  a  long  research.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:00 pm Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Scorpio,
 
 I  have  used  30%  of  vermicompost,  40%  of  normal  garden  potting  soil  and  30%  of  sandblasting  sand  (because  it  is  more  coarser)  and  used  the  mixture  as  a  substrate.  The  best  way  is  to  use  a  50:50  ratio  of  vermicompost  and  garden  soil  and  lay  the  substrate.  Then  use  a  half  inch  layer  of  sand  to  cover  the  entire  surface.  That  way  you  will  not  end  up  with  cloudy  water  when  fish  stir  up  the  substrate  and  it  is  more  easier  for  planting  and  replanting.  The  roots  will  obviously  be  planted  in  the  lower  layer  so  will  not  have  any  issue  of  nutrient  uptake.  My  first  5  footer  was  on  this  kind  of  substrate  and  somebody  called  me  the  barefoot  amano.  It  costs  dirt  cheap  compared  to  ADA  susbtrate  and  my  plants  were  growing  like  crazy.  No  algae  issues  whatsoever.  Taking  out  bucketloads  of  plant  cuttings  every  Sunday.
 
 Here  are  some  pics:-
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1zcMT7P-f-yqYGF-8y7D3g?feat=directlink
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/n97t7Cyb-V567NWanT0Nnw?feat=directlink
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zgjECJRcfw6FOI2xwaMpWw?feat=directlink
 
 Cheers,
 
 Vijay.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:17 pm Post subject: Re: Vermicompost as substrate in Planted tank. Reply with quote

 Scorpio
 
 Fondovivo  is  product  from  Prodac  which  is  highly  porous  baked  clay  and  used  as  base  substrate  material.  
 
 Alternatively  you  may  use  Aquasoil  (you  may  get  it  from  Indiapetstore).   +  Vermicompost  as  base  layer
 
 The  basic  purpose  to  use  some  inert  substance  to  prevent  vermicompost  clogging  and  become  compact.
 
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