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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:59 pm Post subject: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Is  it  possible  to  mix  ADA  Amazonia  and  Laterite  and  if  so  what  is  the  best  ratio.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:26 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 There  are  people  who  have  mixed  various  substrates  along  with  ADA.  But  as  far  as  I  know,  there  is  no  ratio  at  which  we  need  to  mix  both  substrates.
 
 You  will  have  to  closely  watch  the  tank  if  you  are  mixing  different  substrates  together.  Especially  when  mixing  ADA  with  other  substrates.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:50 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

                                                   
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There  are  people  who  have  mixed  various  substrates  along  with  ADA.  But  as  far  as  I  know,  there  is  no  ratio  at  which  we  need  to  mix  both  substrates.
 
 You  will  have  to  closely  watch  the  tank  if  you  are  mixing  different  substrates  together.  Especially  when  mixing  ADA  with  other  substrates.                

 
 Can  you  please  explain  what  we  need  to  closely  wath  out  for  ,  as  I  am  contemplating  on  a  little  ADA  topup  in  the  foreground  for  my  substrate  of  river  sand.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:58 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Different  substrates  have  different  nutrients  contents  and  level.  This  can  lead  to  Algae  bloom.  That's  why  I  pointed  out  to  have  a  close  watch  at  the  tank  when  set  newly.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:07 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 I  thought  laterite  is  not  rich  in  nutrient's.
 
 I  got  a  block  from  Kerala  which  i  will  be  powdering  and  use  them  in  lowest  layer.
 
 Please  let  me  know  better  options.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:26 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Laterite  is  very  rich  in  iron.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:37 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Hi  shanpuru,
 
 Once  I  had  used  Laterite  and  ADA  together  and  I  didnt  find  any  issue.  You  can  give  it  a  try.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:13 am Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 [quote="shanpuru";p="281035"]I  thought  laterite  is  not  rich  in  nutrient's.
 
 I  got  a  block  from  Kerala  which  i  will  be  powdering  and  use  them  in  lowest  layer.
 
 Please  let  me  know  better  options.  
 
 You  got  this  block  from  Kerala?   Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:04 am Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Laterite  has  high  CEC  (cation  exchange  capacity)  which  helps  it  to  bind  the  micro  nutrient  in  your  aquarium  and  slowly  release  it  over  time.
 
 But  the  aquasoil  made  for  planted  aquariums  not  only  has  high  CEC  but  also  takes  care  of  buffering  your  pH  which  is  also  important  in  a  planted  tank  to  have  good  growth.
 
 Please  remember  you  need  a  certain  quantity  of  aquasoil  in  your  aquarium  for  it  to  be  able  to  provide  you  good  results.  Just  adding  a  little  bit  on  the  top  will  not  make  a  huge  difference.  Once  mixed  it  will  not  be  possible  to  separate  it  and  every  time  you  uproot  a  plant  the  water  will  turn  cloudy.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:14 am Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 dont  use  baked  bricks  as  substrate,  they  are  inert.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:57 pm Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Thanks,
 
 What  could  be  the  best  ratio  between  ADA,  Laterite  and  river  sand  (2mm).
 
 Adip:  There  is  no  stock  in  delhi  and  its  availability  is  not  known.  So  left  with  no  option.  
 
 I  got  12L  so,  i  guess  it  should  be  good  enough  for  2.5'  x  2.5'  with  the  mix.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:33 am Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 I  am  assuming  that  are  going  in  for  high/med  lights  with  co2  fertilization
 When  a  planted  tank  hobbyist  uses  sand+  laterite  he  normally  uses  Tom  Brar's  EI  ┬ámethod  of  dosing.
 If  he  goes  in  for  ADA  substrate  he  goes  in  for  ADA  line  of  fertilizers,  as  the  substrate  itself  has  nutrients  and  ADA  fertilizers  are  on  the  leaner  side.
 If  you  mix  two  substrates  you  cannot  use  either  of  the  two  methods,  and  unless  you  are  a  very  experienced  hobbyist  you  will  have  algae  or  growth  issues.
 The  substrates  are  never  mixed,  even  if  you  are  using  laterite  and  sand,  the  substrate  is  put  up  in  layers  with  laterite  being  the  first  layer.
 The  colour  of  two  sands  must  be  very  different,  they  will  look  odd  if  mixed.
 In  case  you  are  not  able  to  get  more  ADA,  go  in  for  sand+  laterite,  leave  ADA  behind.
 In  delhi  ADA  substrate  was  earlier  available  with  "The  Petshop"  in  Meharauli,  I  don't  know  if  they  still  stock  it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:29 am Post subject: Re: Can I mix ADA amazonia and laterite Reply with quote

 Mixing  substrates  may  not  be  a  good  option.  You  could  use  ADA  aquasoil  alone  in  certain  portions  of  the  tank  and  use  laterite  topped  with  at  least  2-4  inches  of  river  sand  in  some  places.  You  could  use  some  sort  of  divider  to  keep  the  two  regions  from  mixing.
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