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Laterite, necessary?

I am planning a new setup using black sand (TMS, black onyx, whatever) as the substrate. I was wondering, should I use a good base of laterite, or just use Jobes root tabs where necessary? Thanks for the input!

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Laterite is high in iron, so can be good for rooted plants such as swords.

If you use a nutrient-rich substrate, such as ADA AquaSoil, Fluorite, Black Onyx or Eco Complete, Laterite is not necessary.

However, it can be useful in combination with inert substances like sand, TMS, ColorQuartz, gravel, etc.

You need to be careful with Jobes root tabs, as they were not developed for aquatic use and can cause problems if they aren't deep enough in the substrate or end up in any way exposed directly to the water column.





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I am planning a new setup using black sand (TMS, black onyx, whatever) as the substrate. I was wondering, should I use a good base of laterite, or just use Jobes root tabs where necessary? Thanks for the input!

Oh yeah:
29 gal.
2X65:
-1X 10,000K
-1X 6700 K / 10,000K
Pressurized CO2
EI dosing using the watts method.
Fluval 205 (for now)
plenty of heat if needed (200W)
Laterite, necessary?

Yes, I have alway's used laterite in all my aquariums. With laterite your plants will grow like weeds, all of the roots will go strait for the laterlite plus they will become very strong! In a book that I have, they show the difference between using laterite and not using laterite, there is a big difference between the two plants. The plant with laterite has a bigger root system, the plant it self is big and healthy! The plant with no laterite looks very small compared to the plant that was grown with laterite!
Laterite is the way to go!
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So I am convinced, laterite it is. Thanks for the input!


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