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I am on the way to setup my 1'x1'x1' Nano (7G). As in India we don't have ADA or SMS dealer, I have to depend on my own Mix. I am planning to put Rotala, HM, HC and some Blyxa.

As of now I can think about Laterite Bottom topped with River Sand. Will it be enough to get a healthy growth of the above plants?? Or do you want me to add something else to get a fertile Bed for the plants.


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How about fertilization tabs? Over time, fish poop will help keep things in balance as well.


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Just know that over time the laterite and sand will mix. OK as long as you like the look.

If you're looking for a richer substrate, or want a different look, you could always go with unenriched potting soil.

A fine (and I do mean fine) layer of peat on the bottom is another good way to increase the nutrients in the substrate.

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Thanks a lot for your kind reply. I won't mind to if the laterite mix with the sand. And as I am planning for HC carpet, don't think vacant spaces will be visibel enough. And I am not going to make the Laterite fine.If I will use Crushed Laterite Brick (3-4mm size), will it be able to solve the porpuse?

@Laura: I am lucky enough to manage a small quantity of Peat from one of my friend. Will go for a think layer of peat inbetween the laterite and Sand layer.

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Actually, the larger pieces will make their way to the top more quickly than smaller... smaller pieces will always migrate to the bottom. But if you don't care that they mix, no biggie.

When I say fine layer of peat, I mean a DUSTING of peat- 1 handful of dried peat sprinkled per 1 square foot. Much more than that, and the peat will start affecting the pH of your water column.



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Hi Friends,
I am on the way to setup my 1'x1'x1' Nano (7G). As in India we don't have ADA or SMS dealer, I have to depend on my own Mix. I am planning to put Rotala, HM, HC and some Blyxa.

As of now I can think about Laterite Bottom topped with River Sand. Will it be enough to get a healthy growth of the above plants?? Or do you want me to add something else to get a fertile Bed for the plants.


Waiting for your input.
I know a fish store owner whose display tank is doing fabulous. His plants inlcude java ferns, vals, apongentons, swords, anubias nana and coffefelia, and java ferns. Now, mind you his tank is about 55 gallons and he does have pressurized c02 on 24/7.

His substrate is a layer of laterite capped with chicken or turkey grit(you need to find the pure grit made from granite and not the cheaper stuff made from calcium). If you can get chicken grit to cap the laterite, it may work well. The only problem with chicken grit is that it is too sharp for the barbells of catfish and other bottom dwelling fish and can cut their barbells up. Shrimp should be fine with it though.
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OK I just had to share my laugh- chicken and turkey grit??!!! My mom raised chickens once- I can totally appreciate where that nickname came from!!



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"chicken and turkey grit" !!! A completely new word for me. I bet, it's not available in India.

And you have to be really lucky getting a decent Planted Tank in any LFS. You can get some crap plants floating all over. Mostly we are getting plants from Singapur, as in India you wont be able to find quality plants. Actually I have used the same substrate in my other planted tank and got good results using EI method along with, but for the Nano, I was bit scaptical using the same Laterite+Sand Mix. Cause I need a fast growth there.

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You should check out the soil mixtures that some people use in the Low tech forum- you would probably be able to get some of those mixtures going. Peat and laterite are a good start though...

Do you know if you could order from AquaSpot World in Singapore? http://www.aquaspotworld.com/index.p...9ae3f898ead28f

He usually carries a pretty good selection of plants...



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@Laura: I know about Aquaspotworld (Ben). Even I have got plants from them. Nice quality. But I am much dependent on Far East Aquaria(Karin). Superb quality and Value for money.

Now I am looking for someone who is travelling to Singapur and can hand carry a 9 ltr bag of Amazonia Powder type

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Lets hope for the Best....... Thanks!

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