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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:08 pm Post subject: Substrate for planted aquarium
I have a 210 litres tank and I am very much interested in converting it to a planted tank
I have planned to use laterite for the substrated, please suggest me the right substrate because I am confused whether to use pure laterite or latertie mixed with river sand. I have the following doubts
1. Should I put a layer of gravel If I were to use pure laterite as substrate.
2. Does river sand(upper layer) pollute the water if I use it instead of gravel.
3. Should I mix laterite with river sand( please tell me the ratio)
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:36 pm Post subject: Re: Substrate for planted aquarium
It is always better to put a layer of gravel as it gives a better rooting to the plants. More over the tank mates cannot pull the plants right away if we have gravel. River sand will not pollute the tank if washed properly. Though that is a painstaking exercise. You need to keep it sifting regularly to avoid build up of pockets under the upper layers.
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