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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Can you have hc growing on play sand or would it be too fine. I have never grown hc before...

I was also wondering if I were to use laterite in my tank, would I have to cover it with sand because I remember reading on the internet that someone used laterite that was sold as kitty litter but it turned very muddy. So I was thinking I'll try it but have sand layered over it to keep it down.
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it will be fine growing over sand. laterite is usually put down before you add your top layer of sand/substrate, just like peat
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you need good base fertilizer to put below the sand. the problem with HC is that their roots are so short. it will take some time for the roots to reach the ferts down there before the HC will flourish. if there's any enriched substrate available, i would go for it though.


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ok cool, I decided to go laterite under sand and was wondering how thick the layers should be for optimum hc growth or glosso growth. Its 10g, my first planted tank.
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