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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:08 pm Post subject: Substrate for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 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)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:36 pm Post subject: Re: Substrate for planted aquarium Reply with quote

 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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