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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:28 pm Post subject: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 I  want  to  set  up  a  Planted  tank  size  18H  x  12w  x  36L
 I  have  found  a  supplier  who  deals  in  laterite  stones
 can  I  buy  a  big  stone  and  grind  it  into  small  3-4  mm  pebbles  size
 and  use  it  as  a  base  substrate  topped  with  colourful  aquarium  gravel
 
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 the  stone  sample  looks  like  this
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Ramdas,
 
 Yes,  you  can  purchase  those  stones  and  yes  you  can  grind  them  to  pebbles.  A  tedious  work  I  tell  you.
 
 But  this  itself  will  not  work  in  your  planted  aquarium.  Laterite  as  such  does  not  have  any  nutrients  other  than  Iron  and  is  mainly  used  for  their  excellent  cation  exchanging  capacity.  You  definitely  will  be  needing  other  nutrients  in  the  substrate  for  the  plants  to  grow.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:25 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Hi  Ramdas
 
 That  stone  is  used  for  construction  purpose.Difficult  to  grind  them  unless  you  have  a  stone  crusher.Plain  literates  are  available  with  most  of  the  nurseries.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:49 am Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 The  RED  soil  sold  by  the  nurseries  is  that  LAterite  soil?
 But  they  would  be  having  contaminants  isnt  it?
 
 any  other  substrate  that  i  can  buy  from  any  shops  in  mumbai  
 
 Even  though  I  have  been  keeping  fishes  for  many  years.  a  planted  tank  is  very  new  to  me.  Always  had  oscars,  Catfishes,  Pacus  etc  with  bare  bottmed  tank
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:24 am Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Powdering  that  laterite  brick  is  backbreaking  work,  but  the  effect  is  impressive.  
 You  can  break  it  down  to  3-4  mm  size  and  use  straight  away  as  the  substrate.
 Dosing  can  be  strictly  regulated  in  the  water  column.
 I  don't  know  of  your  manpower  availability,  neighbors  /  flat  owners  tolerance,
 and  your  raw  muscle  power,  it  better  excellent.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:27 am Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 I  have  done  it.  Whoever  does  the  work  will  have  back  ache  for  few  days  :)
 
 But  that  was  the  only  way  I  could  get  laterite  here.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:04 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 I  had  bought  laterite  from  a  lfs  here,  which  was  in  the  form  of  small  granules.The  owner  told  me  it  was  processed.What  is  the  difference  between  the  processed  laterite  and  the  unprocessed  one?  Do  they  add  anything  during  the  processing  stage?
 I  'd  rather  have  bought  some  bricks  and  broken  them.Could  have  easily  saved  a  few  bucks.
 Ramdas,  why  have  you  come  up  with  this  thread  so  late   ROFL
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:06 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 The  bricks  what  you  have  shown  I  think  those  are  much  more  harder  than  ordinary  building  red  bricks…please  don’t  try  to  crush  it…or  have  you  thought  how  you  will  do  that???
 
 Regarding  red  soil/laterite  I  can  say  in  nearby  rural  area  you  will  get  enough…but  don’t  get  from  nursery  as  they  will  sure  have  lots  of  chemical  fertilizer  in  it…and  in  future  you  will  grow  only  algae  in  your  tank…so  avoid  nursery…  also  avoid  collecting  laterite  from  nearby  agricultural  area…
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:05 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Dear  Ramdas,
 try  to  conatct  the  team  who  makes  this  brick  from  laterite  ,if  you  around  kokan  or  ratnagiri  area  you  can  get  it  easily.so  plz  update  your  location  also.so  your  crushing  the  brick  work  will  be  easy  for  you  if  you  collect  the  basic  laterite  in  3  to  4  mm  from  the  team  drictly.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Iam  based  in  Mumbai  goregaon.  my  native  place  is  kerala.  Now  Iam  thinking  of  asking  someone  who  is  coming  from  kerala  to  get  couple  of  Kilos  of  the  laterite  powder  from  stone  cutting  places  there.
 
 Or  from  the  experiences  I  see  it  to  to  be  a  daunting  task...
 But  then  the  end  result  will  be  surely  fascinating.  
 
 let  me  see  what  i  can  do.  
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Ramdas,
 
 If  someone  can  get  it  from  Kerala,  that  would  be  the  best  option.  Else,  break  up  a  brick   Chuckle  
 
 It  is  a  bit  hard,  but  not  a  back  breaking  job  and  for  the  size  of  your  tank,  you  wont  need  even  half  of  the  brick.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 THANK  YOU  DEEPAK
 
 I  feel  that  will  be  the  best  option.  Let  me  get  to  it  ASAP
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:29 am Post subject: Re: Laterite Substrate Reply with quote

 Dear  Ramdas,
 another  option  will  be  to  come  down  from  mumbai  to  khopoli  or  lonawala  &  get  as  much  laterite  you  want  .it  will  be  much  easier  as  compare  to  bringing  from  kerala
 
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