I am currently using SMS 'char' in one of my tanks using both peat dusting and laterite granules and I have re-scaped multiple times with no issues with the laterite or peat getting into my water column. The problem I do have is with the SMS clouding the water whenever I move stuff around but I can deal with that as it usually clears up after a few hours or days depending on filtration. The pluses out weighs the minuses; great growth, it supposedly lowers the PH which appeals to me due my plants, its clay based, the grain size is perfect, the color is great and its cheap. I could chime in more on this but thats another topic. However, I do have good growth using the SMS + Laterite + Peat with some difficult species. Is it the main reason why I'm getting good growth, I don't think so but I'm sure it's not hurting my setup either.
Last edited by mrkookm; 08-06-2007 at 11:01 AM.