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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Should you add laterite to prepare SMS?

I've read about peat moss and mulm ... how about laterite?
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I have never used laterite. No opinion on it one way or the other. However I have just started a 150 planted tank with the idea of going fully planted. I used purely SMS and the plants are loving it. I am really pleasantly surprised at how well they are doing. I placed a few fert tablets around the substrate where I thought a plant would look and they are doing exceptionally well, especially considering the lighting I have is not that great.

I have two 3' fluorescents on the go at the moment for about 14 - 16 hours a day and the plants are really taking off. I am also looking at buying a couple of T5's just to up the ante somewhat. Then once my pocket book recovers from the shock I am going to look at a pressurized CO2 system. *If* I feel they need it that is.

Just my 2 cents

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stick with fert tabs and SMS
don't bother with the Laterite,
especially since you already
claim to get good results alone.

IMHO Laterite is better with
inert gravel like quartz which
cannot absorb nutrients and
hold them for plant use like
SMS can.


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