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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:36 pm Post subject: Can laterite be added in a 2 week old setup Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
      I  have  a  12  gallon  planted  setup,  2  weeks  old,  with  a  36W  6500K  PLL  &  a  regular  dose  of  liquid  fertilisers.  As  of  now,  my  plants  are  in  an  ok  state,  except  that  I  do  see  shedded  leaves  here  &  there  which  even  my  rosy  barbs  might  be  nipping.  Off  late,  after  reading  a  lot,  I  found  that  adding  laterite  is  a  good  thing.  So,  would  like  to  know  whether  at  this  stage,  should  I  add  it  ?  If  yes,  then  how.  My  current  gravel  layer  is  around  3  inches.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: Can laterite be added in a 2 week old setup Reply with quote

 Rip  your  tank  apart  and  start  all  over  again.  Plants  need  proper  lighting.  You  have  to  increase  it.
 
 Remember  just  Laterite  will  not  be  enough.  You  have  to  add  nutrient  rich  red  soil,  then  laterite  and  then  your  gravel  to  hold  everything  down.
 
 Plants  will  live  in  any  substrate  for  some  time  only.  They  use  up  the  nutrients  stored  in  the  roots  and/or  stems.  When  the  stored  nutrients  are  exhausted  they  turn  yellowish,  fade  and  then  slowly  die.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:10 pm Post subject: Re: Can laterite be added in a 2 week old setup Reply with quote

 Thanks  Trevor.  Well,  that  is  something  I  would  hate  to  do  it  though  its  my  mistake.  Anyways,  elsewhere,  in  one  of  the  forums  I  read  that  you  get  laterite  nudgets  which  you  can  place  near  the  roots.  The  downside  is,  you  got  to  do  this  once  in  2  months  or  so  to  replenish  it.  Any  thoughts  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: Can laterite be added in a 2 week old setup Reply with quote

 As  per  Trevor's  advice,  am  finally  prepared  to  start  all  over  again  &  rip  apart  the  tank.  Just  for  curiosity  sake,  I  called  up  my  LFS  &  told  him  abt  the  current  state  of  my  plants.  He  asked  me  to  get  pictures  of  them  &  was  also  mentioning  abt  some  fertiliser  called  Volcano  soil.  But  he  warned  me  that  its  a  hassle  to  implement  it  &  takes  arnd  a  week  to  settle.  Also,  its  prone  to  fungus  &  might  kill  any  livestock.
 
 So,  guys,  what  do  u  think  ?
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