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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-22-2006, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Question Rookie Q: Too much Laterite?

Aha! First post here after lurking for a few weeks.
My apologies if these have been asked, but I've looked through these forums and couldn't find the first question (blind, perhaps?).

Now, is it possible to use too much laterite? I haven't added any to my (currently empty) tank, but the directions on the box, it seems to be so little. Would I be plotting my own doom if I added more?

Also! I would have liked to get some other type of substrate this time around, small towns don't have much in the way of substrate or substrate additives. Is it possible to mix two types of substrate? Or should I clear out and add the new substrate when I get it.

Also, is there anything I shouldn't be mixing with Laterite? EIther for the sake of avoiding redundancy? I'm aware there are many preferences and opinions, but I figure that several good opinions are better than some answers I could come up with.

(as for what the tank is, I'm setting up a 10G tank, probably with some easy plants to begin with. I figure I'll start small, slow and simple and then work my way up, once I'm a guru like you folks.)

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I used 1 box(55oz if I remeber correctly) in a ten gallon tank much as you are decsribing. I mixed the laterite with sand and put about an inch of plain sand on top of that. It grew the plants OK, but it was a mess when uprooting a plant.
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I've got a whole 1-1.5inch thick base of laterite as my nutrient layer. Go ahead and dump it in (in an even layer of course). As for mixing substrats, usually laterite can go with everything however if you wanted to seperate them then it'll probably be a headache ready to spring. With only a sprinkling of laterite i doubt that it'll cause too much doil dusty when uprooting, if anything try to be careful as lots of mulm builds up in all planted tanks and this can make the water look very messy very quickly. I know when i pull out plants slowly and carefully, i only manage to get an insignificant puff of laterite (i have about 1 inch of fine gravel over the top). I've pulled out whole chainsword carpets with little laterite escaping. Just gotta be careful.
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