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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:45 pm Post subject: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 hi,
 
 can  bricks  used  for  construction  be  broken  to  desired  size  and  used  as  substratum?
 
 Brick  is  made  of  clay  and  covered  with  red  soil  (as  i  know),  then  it  should  be  the  ideal  material  to  the  roots  to  get  nutrition.  Brick  is  boiled  and  hardened  so  should  be  sterilized  and  less  polluting  the  water  (less  clouding).
 
 have  any  body  tried  this  substratum??
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:18 pm Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

                                                   
pandianG  wrote  (View  Post):                
 Brick  is  boiled  and  hardened  so  should  be  sterilized  and  ...                

 
 You  got  a  valid  point  there  mate!!  this  contradicts  the  rest,
 It  will  have  very  less  nutritional  value  or  none.
 
 Try  something  else...  may  be  raw  clay  if  you  can  lay  hands  on.
 
 Good  luck!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:45 pm Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 Yea  man,  Bricks  loose  most  of  their  nutritional  value  during  the  process  of  manufacturing.
 
 I  dont  remember  clearly,  but  a  long  time  back,  i  had  put  some  crushed  bricks  in  a  2ft  aquarium  and  the  water  remained  cloudy  and  reddish  for  almost  a  month[I  was  10  Chuckle  ]
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:20 pm Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 Pandian,  on  the  contrary,  I  think  bricks  are  good,  'nutritious'  substrate.   There's  not  much  sterilization  that  happens  in  brick  making.   The  red  soil/  clay  combination  is  just  heated.   Its  a  great  source  of  iron  compounds  and  is  good  for  gardening.   Completely  powdered  brick  should  be  a  good  substrate  for  the  aquarium  as  well.   But  instead  of  crushing  the  brick,  you  can  as  well  get  the  mixture  that's  made  into  bricks.  
 
 However,  I  would  think  bricks  should  be  good  for  hooking  ferns,  anubias  and  the  like.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:30 pm Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

                                                   
ShankarB  wrote  (View  Post):                
Pandian,  on  the  contrary,  I  think  bricks  are  good,  'nutritious'  substrate.   There's  not  much  sterilization  that  happens  in  brick  making.   The  red  soil/  clay  combination  is  just  heated.   Its  a  great  source  of  iron  compounds  and  is  good  for  gardening.   Completely  powdered  brick  should  be  a  good  substrate  for  the  aquarium  as  well.   But  instead  of  crushing  the  brick,  you  can  as  well  get  the  mixture  that's  made  into  bricks.  
 
 However,  I  would  think  bricks  should  be  good  for  hooking  ferns,  anubias  and  the  like.                

 
 I  agree,  but  i  Have  tried  it  and  ended  up  with  cloudy  water  for  quite  some  time.  If  you  or  the  OP  tries  it  please  let  me  know.  Its  possible  that  the  brick  i  used  was  not  good.
 
 And  if  this  is  true,  then  we  have  a  really  good  substrate  that  locally  available  and  cheap!!  Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:29 pm Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 in  this  levels  of  discussion,
 
 let  me  see  what  is  the  effect  of  this  substratum.  i  will  try  growing  2  money  plant  in  water  filled  bottle,  one  with  brick  base  and  other  with  nothing;  where  other  factors  remain  the  same...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:48 am Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 in  the  process  of  manufacturing  of  brick  the  high  degree  of  temp.  in  the  oven  result  in  fusion  of  silica  partice  in  the  sand  as  a  result  it  is  totally  inert.  moreover   color  is  added  for  giving  it  a  redder  look  which  might  be  harmful  in  an  aquarium.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:15 am Post subject: Re: Brick as substratum Reply with quote

 in  most  of  India  bricks  are  madefrom  ordinary  clay,  they  do  not  have  iron  in  chelated  form  like  laterite.  The  red  colour  is  due  to  burning  process,  if  you  look  at  unburnt  bricks,  they  are  brown  in  colour.
 In  a  planted  tank  crushed  brick  might  be  used,  you  might  have  to  use  wash  it  properly  to  rid  of  any  colouring,  it  will  be  as  good  as  normal  river  sand.
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