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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-08-2007, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Where to get laterite and peat?

Hello all. I'm in the process of converting a reef tank over to a planted tank. I've got a bag of SMS charcoal on the way. From what I've read, it seems that adding a thin layer of peat and laterite is a good idea when using SMS due to it's low nutrient level. Question is where do I buy these things? Also, would I benefit by adding a layer of eco-complete on to of the peat and laterite and then have a layer of SMS? Sorry if this is a very basic question. I've never had a freshwater tank, much less a planted one. Thanks in advance.

Basically like this:

SMS
Eco-complete
Laterite
Peat moss
Glass bottom
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Laterite is available from any decent pet store. I know that PetCo used to carry it.

Peat from the garden center. And I would NOT add Eco.
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Thanks for the info! I can't wait to get started. I think most of my fear is due to the unknown. I'm actually in the process of reading through your site Rex. This kind of info is great for the uninitiated like myself.
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So you went directly to SW tanks?
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Yeah. I started fish-only then went to reef. Never had a freshwater tank. Of course I jump straight into a planted freshwater tank. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.
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If you've kept a reef you are disciplined enough to handle the upkeep of a planted. all about giving it time when it needs it.


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