Adding substrate to the established tank - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2004, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 35

I am looking into adding some Laterite into the established tank. Currently I have ~1.5 inches of gravel. From time to time I add root tabs.

Is the "ice cube" method the only way to add Laterite into the substrate?

Is it possible to add flourite into the established tank?

I do not want ot re-start the aquarium.
valiko is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 06:30 PM
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2
I too was going to ask the same question.
I have fishes in mind (red parrot chiclid, 2 rock shrimps, 2 guppies and a harlequin fish).
I don't want to harm the fish by adding flourite or anything that can harm it, but my substrate right now is playsand with gravel on top. w/ co2 injection and the plants seem to be doing really well. . . . But i wonder for longevity if i should add flourite or as Valiko was wondering ... laterite.

"Is the "ice cube" method the only way to add Laterite into the substrate?"

What is the ice cube method?
nothingl is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 06:55 PM
are you experienced?
customdrumfinishes's Avatar
PTrader: (108/98%)
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: south carolina
Posts: 1,989
i always use a cup or small tupperware to place the sub where i want it when adding to an old tank.

i dont understand worry about adding laterite to your tank?
heres some help~!

Preparing Aquarium Substrate Using Laterite

There is more than one way to use laterite in the aquarium. You can sprinkle it about in the gravel or bury balls in the laid substrate. The following is the procedure I usually follow when creating a new planted aquarium with laterite.

1. Mix laterite with moist aquarium gravel then allow it to dry. Use about a third of your total gravel for this.

2. Place clean layer of gravel on the aquarium bottom. Use a third or less of your total gravel.

3. Place a layer of laterite coated gravel on top.

4. Cover with a layer of clean gravel for two or more cm. Five cm is the most you will want to ensure adequate water flow.

5. To avoid disturbing gravel, place a saucer on top of gravel and fill the aquarium by pouring water onto this saucer.

6. Add plants to the aquarium gravel. Some pink colour may tint water but this will soon clear with filtration.
customdrumfinishes is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 09:14 PM
Fresh Fish Freak
lauraleellbp's Avatar
PTrader: (70/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 24,403
The "ice cube method" makes laterite into kind of "fert tabs" so you can just insert the laterite under the plants into the root zone. You basically fill an ice tray with laterite and a little bit of water, then take out the frozen cubes and insert them into the substrate.

I seriously thought about going this route, but decided to go with WonderGro fert tabs from instead- they're more comprehensive plant nutrition, laterite is mostly just iron.

If you're using Fluorite for substrate there's not much point in adding Laterite- Fluorite is also high in iron.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Next meeting Monday, Oct 13, 2014 @ 7:15pm- See ya there!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
lauraleellbp is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 01:50 AM
Wannabe Guru
sketch804's Avatar
PTrader: (44/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 1,233
adding flourite sand

Now ill tell you i don't add laterite to my soil but every once in a while i will add Flourite black sand to my two tanks that have a good substrate and i don't see any adverse affects on the fish or anything. but i do also wash the sand out to get rid of the dust. the only thing that happens is the water just gets foggy for a day.
sketch804 is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reef Tank Conversion - Concerns and Questions Silent Running General Planted Tank Discussion 18 10-04-2004 01:14 PM
Need help planning a 2.5g planted tank Mothi Planted Nano Tanks 3 09-03-2004 07:32 AM
Converting fish tank to plant tank, without moving fish... Mori General Planted Tank Discussion 18 06-10-2004 02:50 PM
putting substrait in an established tank? Jason Substrate 3 09-26-2002 01:49 AM
Blue-Green (slimy)algae Amazon Robert General Planted Tank Discussion 11 08-23-2002 10:21 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome