Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:36 am Post subject: Re: How about Prodac Products for Substrate ?
I do not have first hand experience of using Prodac prodcuts, strictly speaking I have used a few liquid fertlizers only. But few of my freinds have used the product and they are pretty satisfied with FondoVivo.
I have also seen FondoVivo and my guess is that it is volcanic pumice rock which is porous enough to cause good water circulation ensuring better O2 supply to the subsrtae and hence better root binding and pentration.
But then FondoVivo doesnot have any fertlizing power so as you rightly said you need to mix it with Humus and I think Humus Plus too.
See my understanding of the prodac subsrtae product is that it is more like a system which you have to use in total and cannot use in bits and pieces. In this aspect it is like ADA products to some extent.
So the way I see it is as follows:
FondoVivo + Humus + Humus Plus (Bottom Layer) = ADA Power Sand
FertilBed (if I remember correctly) (Top Layer) = ADA Aquasoil
Bottom line both has to be used as a completed system and not in isolation.
Disclaimer : This is my personal observation and I will not get into any comparison of the 2 systems. I would encourage you to do further search in the net and draw your own conclusion. One last word your observational power will help you succeed as an aquascapist and no product can gurantee success unless you are sure about their usage
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Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:54 pm Post subject: Re: How about Prodac Products for Substrate ?
I have used Fondovivo, Humus & Humus plus mixed and covered by coarse sand 1-2 mm. Fertilisation is by EI method. Prodac items supplied by DJ_Rocky. The results are good If I say so myself. Have sent you a photograph in a PM
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Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:54 am Post subject: Re: How about Prodac Products for Substrate ?
You can use PRODAC Plant Substrate as follows:
The following bottom fertilizers are for highly planted aquariums, enriched with special plants. FondoVivo : It is a natural bottom fertilizer made of clay and trace elements offering the best nutrient components for the growth of aquatic plants. Fondovivo is highly porous to help quick and easy rooting of plants. It does not make the water cloudy and helps the oxygenation of the ground. Can be used alone.
Humus : It is a natural fertilizing substrate ideal for aquatic plants consisting of several types of peat, special fertile soils and natural nutritional substances indispensable for promoting the growth of these plants. Can be used alone.
Humus Plus : It is a natural fertilizing substrate ideal for aquatic plants consisting of several types of peat indispensable for promoting the growth of these plants and more specifically for delicate and fragile ones. It is the perfect product in particular for all types of Cryptocoryne, Heteranthera Zosteraefolia (star grass), Aponogeton Madagascariensis (Madagascar lace-leaf ), Aponogeton Ulvaceus, Echinodorus Tenellus etc. HumusPlus helps to lower the pH value and Redox potential of the water allowing greater activity of the fertilizing properties which are then easily assimilated by the plants. Must be mixed with HUMUS
In order to have the best and rich substrate we recommend laying : 1/3 Fondovivo, 1/3 Humus, 1/3 Humus Plus on the bottom of the aquarium and covering it with washed gravel or coarse sand. The above indication is valid for a surface area of 60 x 30 cm.
The following bottom fertilizers are for general planted aquariums. FertilPlant : It is the newest bottom fertilizer, natural soft and porous gravel (2-6 mm) substrate consisting of clay, zeolite and soils rich in trace elements ideal for planted freshwater aquariums. It is a nutritional product absorbed through the plant roots ideal for promoting a lush and healthy growth. It also increases oxygenation at the bottom of the aquarium and does not cloud the water.
Fertil Peat Plates : It is made of compressed peat, a natural material which provides a rich substrate for the growth of the aquatic plants while keeping the aquarium water soft. It is perfect for a small tank where the fishkeeper wish to create a corner with some plants The plates are positioned on the bottom of the tank, on the place where the plant will grow, avoiding the use of fertilizing bed. The plants get their nutrient through their roots. The advantage of this product is that it is used only on the part of the aquarium where the plants are placed.
Suggestion: When you use a substrate or any fertilizing bed:
- Put a layer of substrate.
- Put a layer of minimum 7 cm gravel.
- Cover the layers with a nylon sheet.
- Pour the water gently to avoid moving the layers.
Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: How about Prodac Products for Substrate ?
I have used the above combination in my planted tank topped with river gravel. It is giving good growth. I don't have a digi cam to share a photo, but you are welcome to visit my place to see it by yourself. I stay in garia.
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