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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 5.5 gallon tank. i followed the instructions on the the laterite box from Aquarium Pharm. i only added according to the amount stated on the box. my other tanks have a lot more laterite, but very little plants. i want this one to be pretty heavily planted. should i add more laterite? there must be a bare minimum for amount of iron in the substrate. my tank seems to have too little. im thinking about when i get more plants... im going to add a lot more laterite. more iron can't hurt? can it?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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so basically... can i add more First Layer laterite? its just extra iron. im thinking about using 3x the amount because it is such a small tank. i haven't had problems with laterite cloudiness in my other tanks where the laterite is mixed throughout the gravel.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 01:33 AM
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It won't hurt to add more. Just be aware of the cloudiness issue.

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cool. thnx for ur reply. im gonna add 200 percent more in a week or so when i get my new plants.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 02:55 AM
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Yes you can add more laterite. Dupla makes a product called Dupla K which is laterite balls. You push then straight into the gravel and there is now mess in the tank. It takes a while for them to disintergrate.

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That sure sounds easier to me... :lol:
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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easier. but costs money. im cheap. i have extra laterite anyways. o yea... and today i finally got my second bulb for my 5.5 gallon. yay. 8)
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 09:35 PM
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If you do not get that laterite to the bottom correctly you will surely be creating a new post about algae problems and cloudy water.
Then we will be discussing the difference between "cheap" and "costly"... :roll:

Some things we do can be "costly" without spending a dime...

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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nah. aquarium pharmaceuticals laterite is designed to either be under gravel or mixed because eventually the laterite from the bottom will come up. on the box there are two seperate instructions... one is for new tanks where you can put the laterite underneath gravel (obviously looks better) or if you have an established tank you can mix it in. i have done this with my other tanks, and they haven't had any problems with cloudiness at all. 8)
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