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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Question Could this mix work?

Since im on a wery low budget (free or nothing), I cant afford things like flourite or other commercial products.


So im planning on using this for substrate:

Coarse sand/gravel 2-3mm
sand 1-2mm

Claytablets (Made from clay and spaghnum, baked at low temperatures for long time.)

Clay and spaghnum


My plan is to put som fresh clay mixed with sand/gravel in the buttom (1/4") and a thin layer of spaghnum/sand on top of that. On to that ill spread the claytablets
On top of that, ill put a mix of the sand and sand/gravel in a layer of 2-3", maybe with ½" of the sand on top, in front of the glass, where i want my HC cuba.

How does it sound? Am I on the right direction?
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I think it should work, but I've never tried anything like that before. So you know, the gravel and sand will eventually mix and the larger grains will end up on top.

Edit: That gravel is actually small enough grained that you probably won't have many problems with the two mixing.
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If I were going to use the cheapest substrate I could get, it would just be coarse sand. No clay or clay tablets or laterite under it. I would put a very thin layer of peat on the bottom of the tank, add some mulm (LFS gave me some, while laughing at me), then add the sand on top. Over the long haul you have fewer problems if you don't have clay or fertilizer tablets being pulled up on top of the substrate every time you pull out a rooted plant or plant a new plant. And, since nearly all plants do fine with just water column fertilizing, why add more problems you don't need?

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