Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:12 pm Post subject: how do i exactly use humus in my tank
i recently got into the planted tank frenzy and although i havent really started with the project yet i am just finding out about the various kinds of substrate...first of all what is laterite???(i hope tht shows how ignorant i am about these things!!!!!).....and i went to this LFS and he handed me a pack of prodac humus and liquid ferts i think its called Nutraflora or something....i have a 4/1.5/1.5 tank with an assortment of guppies, swordtails, danios, and an angel....about 20 fishes in alll.....should i go for a planted tank...if yes what kind???....lots of questions.....will be grateful if someone could be kind enough to give the answers....thanks a ton!!
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Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:01 am Post subject: Re: how do i exactly use humus in my tank
he handed me a pack of prodac humus
1 pack is not going to cover up the 10% portion of the tank size you have mentioned.
how do i exactly use humus in my tank
put a 1" layer humus & cover it with simple gravel. Start dosing Flora as written on the instruction manual.
..... but .. if you are going to make a full featured planted tank, then please also do add PRODAC's Peat Plates & Fondovivo, Humus & Humus Plus along with both PRODAC liquid fertilizers : Flora & Ferro.
You can also use laterite. Its simply cheap & best.
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: how do i exactly use humus in my tank
Congrats for deciding to start a planted tank, it is really exciting and enjoy the challange to grow greenaries inside your living place.
I used humus mixed with laterite and gravel in 1:1:1at the bottom layer of 1 inch thick. Cover it with normal gravel of 2 to 5 mm seive.
However, use humus and liquid fertiliser only if your are serious to take care of other areas like appropriate light, CO2 dosing, regular water changes and heavy plantation.
Otherwise your purpose of using humus could be defeated.
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Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:28 pm Post subject: Re: how do i exactly use humus in my tank
thanks for all the replies ...... a few more questions if you good ppl dont mind.....im planning to go for DIY CO2, is tht ok?...and wher can i get laterite from....and how do i know its laterite....i currently use 2 (40 watt) CFL bulbs in my aquarium....is tht good enough???
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