Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
I've used several laterite products, some were used as additives, others were used alone as the substrate. My 75 which currently is the best planted tank I 've done has a product called "Tropical Laterite" which was purchased some years ago at an LFS in 40 pound bags, it's brick red, and in reality, appears to be crushed red brick or waste from the manufacturing process. Quite frankly, when I purchased it, I had tried virtually every other trick including kitty littler and was ready to go back to plastic plants. It was instant success although I now use Flourish tabs about every two months just because I don't imagine much iron being available from the age.
The laterite additives is something I could not recommend really, I've tried it as a sub layer, mixed with the regular gravel etc, and although I haven't had any problems with algae or big messes when uprooting, I can't say I've had much success with it either, especially considering the cost.
The few times I've bought new substrate lately, it's been fluorite, which I whole heartedly endorse and swear by. Although I can never recall any substrate in my tanks that didn't kick up a cloud when I pulled something up up, at least from tanks that have matured.
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