Forgive me, but my searches havent pulled up much info...
Im looking to setup my 46g bowfront possibly in a few weeks. Im accumulating supplies to do so now. Im leaning towards some eco complete, enough for about 3-4 inches in some areas of the tank..mostly probably 2-3 inches in others(I plan on doing steppes) Anyway, Im thinking about doing a layer of peat, then a level of laterite, then top it off with the Eco Complete. The reason behind this is my water is very hard, last time I actually checked was a few years ago, but if I remember correctly, it was gh 12, kh was like 10 I believe. Ph was around 8 out of the tap. (maybe a little higher like 8.3 or so). I will do another test before setup though to verify.
Ive got 156w of t5's going over the tank and also will have pressurized co2. I havent done a complete plant list yet, as Im just working on the substrate at this moment. I want flexibility to grow the heaviest root feeders, along with water feeders. Im probably gonna go with a school of neons or cardinals, and then maybe a pair of Angels..Thus the reason for the peat to make the water a little softer..
Anyone got any comments on this plan? Is the laterite overkill? underkill?