Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
I have been keeping planted aquariums for over 40 years now. For the last twenty I have been using the forest soil around my home town Ranchi, in the province of Jharkhand, of India.
The soil is lateritic, with a ph 5.25, poor in phosphate, very fine textured when you get rid of the lateritic nodules.
Before introducing it to my aquarium, I pulverise it, screen it and mix it with the common farm fertiliser 'single super phosphate'. This fertiliser is about 1/3 calcium phosphate and 2/3 calcium sulphate. I also mix my special micro nutrient mix which I make up with the lab-reagents I keep.
I lay down the dry soil at the bottom of the aquarium, pat it down firmly to settle it, cover the entire soil with a nylon mosquito net, then cover the entire with sand.
My plants do well.