Laterite. - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 241
Laterite.

I'm going to be setting up a new 2.5G nano and I'm going to be using Laterite in it. I don't have anymore Eco so the LFS had the Laterite pretty cheap. I need some advice on how I shsould go about laying the Laterite down. I'm using regular black gravel I had from apreviouse 5G tank.
deeplove is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 12:12 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
gbhil's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bunker Hill, WV
Posts: 344
Here's what i did, and it's working great here -

Mix your laterite with peat, tank mulm and fine silica sand. Spread this about 1" thick across the tank bottom then cover with your gravel. In my case I used coarse blasting sand instead of gravel.

Other than adding some fert pellets under my Crypts, thats all I did, and am getting great root production from stems as well as a glosso/hairgrass/dwarf sag mixed carpet. IMO just as good or better then my old Flourite tank.
gbhil is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 241
Ok. Thanks. Now say if the laterite would actually be mixed with the top part of the gravel would it cause any issues as far as the parameters or what not?

The peat moss...

Last night I was at Home Depot and saw a hugh bag of peat moss. Now what kind or brand is it the you guys use? What's hot and what's not?
deeplove is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 04:49 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 78
Peat moss

deep,

I was also at Home Depot last night and I picked up a huge, white, package of canadian sphagum peat moss, forgot the brand but it might be the same. It's far more than I need for my tank but will use it for a prospective vegetable garden in the back yard and for trading.
balasharkfreak is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 05:56 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
gbhil's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bunker Hill, WV
Posts: 344
The laterite won't work it's way up into the substrate on it's own. I do have some areas where I've moved plants and pulled some laterite up with the roots, and haven't seen any problems with it other than the looks.


http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...=none&pad=true
Is what I used for peat. Any brand that is sphagnum peat moss with no extra ingredients should be the same. Beware that Miracle Grow brand peat DOES have extra compounds mixed into it.
gbhil is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2006, 05:53 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 78
I ordered some laterite the other day and assuming the pieces are too big for my taste, would breaking them down further be a okay?
balasharkfreak is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2006, 11:56 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
gbhil's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bunker Hill, WV
Posts: 344
I don't see why not. It's basically just lumps of clay.
gbhil is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 241
Quote:
Originally Posted by balasharkfreak
deep,

I was also at Home Depot last night and I picked up a huge, white, package of canadian sphagum peat moss, forgot the brand but it might be the same. It's far more than I need for my tank but will use it for a prospective vegetable garden in the back yard and for trading.
Again I was at Home Depot and I saw the peat moss. It's like $6.00 - $7.00. And it's HUGH. I'll probably buy it on Tuesday when I get paid. I just planted some HM and Glosso in the tanks so I'm basically tired out. But when I get it I'll just redo the substrate. I have no fish in the tanks yet so it shouldn't be a problem.
deeplove is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 10:26 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (84/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 21,012
I got my peat at Home Depot in a much smaller bag. Look in the section that has stuff for container gardening, like ferts, vermiculite, and peat. My bag, as I remember is about 5 pounds. I used a couple of ounces of it!

Hoppy
Hoppy is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome