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First Layer Pure Laterite

is this good for planted tanks????
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I've add this at the bottom of my tank an added number 1 and 3 size gravel up to 3 inches high and I grew every thing that had good roots, I have also added a little bit to the top layer and mix it in with no problem
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I added it to my 55 and did not put enough sand over it. I was never able to get the water to clear up. It is probably great but make sure you put it deep enough to stay out of the water column
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Perhaps, Texgal will chime in. I have no experience with laterite, but you should see some of Texgal's aquairums where she used this laterite and capped with pea size gravel. Absolutely beautiful and to kill for. Iam not sure, but I believe Texgal mixed the laterite with peasize gravel and added that as a first layer and then she capped it with a thick bed of some more pea size gravel.

A Lfs owner setup a tank with laterite capped with Chicken/Turkey Grit(he cannot keep cory cat fish as it is too sharp for them). He used pressuriized c02 and a good lighting system, that show tank was really stunning.

Costwise though, you may be better off to go with fluorite or eco-complete as you would not save much using laterite to justify using it over a commercial substrate.
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All it is is fired red clay with a high iron content.

Works fine, but I personally prefer substrates that are black over red.





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All it is is fired red clay with a high iron content.

Works fine, but I personally prefer substrates that are black over red.
Since it is meant to be capped, I don't think the color matters.


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It dose not need to be use with fluorite or eco-complete or any Substrate that already has Traces of in it waste of money IMO . Best to use with plain old Pea Gravel
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I'd go with a mineralized top soil over laterite personally, but I've seen some good looking tanks that used laterite capped with pea gravel.

And I second the issues with it getting into the water column if not capped welll enough.


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