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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:50 pm Post subject: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Are  these  Laterite  bricks/  Mangalore  bricks?
 
 Got  a  call  in  the  morning  that  Mangalore  style  bricks  were  spotted  Smile  (Had  asked  quite  a  few  friends/relatives  for  it).  Went  over  to  the  place  and  found  these.  These  have  a  bit  more  yellowish  tinge  so  was  not  that  sure  and  picked  up  these  two  pieces.  If  confirmed,  will  get  few  more  over  next  weekend.
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:55 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Yes,  But  not  of  good  quality.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:55 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Dear  Deepak  
 I  don't  understand  the  relation  between  bricks  and  aquatics,  Any  plan  so  far?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 @Nayak  -  Thanks,  What  should  I  look  for  (i.e  in  terms  of  aquarium  use)?  Im  also  planning  on  getting  couple  of  them  from  Udupi.
 
 @Kaushik  -  Plan  to  break  them  up  and  use  it  as  laterite  layer.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:12 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Deepak  ,  Go  for  the  dark  red  bricks.  The  redder  the  better  for  your  substrate.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:15 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 kaushik,
 
 Like  Deepak  said,  You  can  crush  it  and  use  it  as  substrate  additive  for  planted  tanks.
 
 You  can  break  it  into  pieces  and  tie  various  Rhizome  plants  like  ferns,Anubias  etc.The  growth  will  be  a  bit  faster.
 
 The  red  soil  we  generally  use  is  not  actually  laterite.
 
 Deepak,
 
 The  stone  you  have  is  crumbly.  It  should  not  be  so.  Tell  whoever  is  getting  them  for  you  to  get  it  from  the  compound  walls.  In  Udupi  the  old  compound  walls  are  made  of  good  laterite  stones.  Ask  the  permission  of  the  owners  first.  Tell  them  its  intended  use.  We  Mangaloreans  are  generally  
 soft-cornered  for  eccentricity.  I  am  sure  they  will  oblige.  Chuckle  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:22 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Thanks  Nayak  for  the  explainations.  It  was  out  of  my  head  but  now  I  understand  the  utility.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:27 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Thanks  trevor  and  nayak,
 
 Will  let  my  cousin  know  about  this.  Had  told  him  to  get  it  from  whoever  sells  bricks  over  there.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Please  do  not  blast  anyones  compound  wall.  In  the  village  compound  walls  they  keep  the  bricks  one  above  the  other  without  any  cementing.  Get  those.  Watch  out  for  scorpions,  rats,  snakes  and  other  critters  holed  up  while  you  are  at  it  prying  the  bricks  loose.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:41 pm Post subject: Re: Is this laterite brick? Reply with quote

 Thanks  trevor  sir,
 
 Actually  Im  thinking  of  getting  it  through  a  relative  who's  native  place  is  somewhere  between  Udupi  and  Mangalore  (so  he  will  know  the  best  way  to  get  it).  The  cousin  whom  I  had  banked  on  earlier  is  a  city  fellow  just  like  me  and  is  there  for  a  short  visit,  so  might  not  be  that  resourceful  for  this  purpose  Smile
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Please  do  not  blast  anyones  compound  wall.  In  the  village  compound  walls  they  keep  the  bricks  one  above  the  other  without  any  cementing.  Get  those.  Watch  out  for  scorpions,  rats,  snakes  and  other  critters  holed  up  while  you  are  at  it  prying  the  bricks  loose.                  

 Invaluable  suggestion  from  a  Eng.pandit  Smile  
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 Deepak,
 
 In  Tulu  and  Konkani  its  called  Murrey  kallu  or  Murrey  Phathhoru.
 
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