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Well.. I dont know if I made the right choice or not.. But I added 1 ounce per gallon of laterite to my established 55 ... I rinsed and rinsed the laterite in my sink through a strainer.. till it wasnt really giving off much red dust anymore.. I then took a small cup and packed it full of this moist laterite and then slowly dumped it into my gravel.. then mixing it in with the gravel... I had to pull up most my plants to succesfully do this.. but.. the question is.. there is a little cloud in the tank now.. and I noticed that well.. not all of this laterite is Under the substrate.. is this gonna cause me a problem? or should things work out just fine in the end? thanks in advance
This will almost certainly cause use problems with both cloudy water and nutrient release each time you disturb the substrate planting or moving plants. Even bottom dwellers will go rooting around in their continual search for food and cause cloudy water. Laterite should be confined to the lower 1/2 of the substrate. IOW, you should mix laterite in the bottom half and then top the laterite enriched portion of substrate with an equal amount of plain gravel/sand/substrate. If it was me at this point, I'd cover the entire substrate with at least 1 inch of additional substrate over what you currently have.
Wont this throw my tank for a loop? considering I would be covering up all the Bioload with unseeded gravel? I do have a powerfilter and well ofcourse its planted.. so maybe I could pull this off with no ill effects?
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