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This is a discussion on Gravel, it's enough? within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by Hanky cool looking tank so far, love that piece of driftwood ya got. thanks ! It's from Petsmart, it barely fits ...

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #11
 
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cool looking tank so far, love that piece of driftwood ya got.
thanks ! It's from Petsmart, it barely fits on the wide.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #12
 
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New additions to the 55g
some Cryptocoryne wendtii "green", one Echinodorus uruguayensis and two lava rocks









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Old 09-27-2012, 10:43 AM   #13
 
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Very good looking tank !
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #14
 
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I'm still wondering how to bury the laterite into the gravel without too much mess, it will be a challenge.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:34 PM   #15
 
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I'm still wondering how to bury the laterite into the gravel without too much mess, it will be a challenge.
I wouldn't myself. Laterite is meant as a layer on the bottom of the tank, then the substrate gravel/sand placed on top. I would expect attempts to add laterite without removing the gravel will get it into the water column and make a real mess.

I used laterite in one tank and saw no difference in plant growth. May be as well not to bother.

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #16
 
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I wouldn't myself. Laterite is meant as a layer on the bottom of the tank, then the substrate gravel/sand placed on top. I would expect attempts to add laterite without removing the gravel will get it into the water column and make a real mess.

I used laterite in one tank and saw no difference in plant growth. May be as well not to bother.

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Byron, guess what ? I took a 10 ml syringe, cut the end part (the one where the needle is attached), then I filled it with the laterite (about 3 ml) and this way I've burried the laterite under the gravel with the minimal mess. I made a water/laterite mix to make the process smoother.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:18 PM   #17
 
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Here's the 55g planted and the progress, take a look.


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Old 10-21-2012, 10:56 PM   #18
 
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Today was shopping day....
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:12 AM   #19
 
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Hopefully you have better luck with some of those than I have. The 'carpet' plants usually need pretty bright light & CO2 to actually grow much, I tried microsword and it never grew. Didn't die, but didn't grow either.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #20
 
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Hopefully you have better luck with some of those than I have. The 'carpet' plants usually need pretty bright light & CO2 to actually grow much, I tried microsword and it never grew. Didn't die, but didn't grow either.
well Geomancer, my battle has been with the dwarf hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula) and the Yoyo loaches, they tends to be a big diggers and the roots of the hairgrass are too short, this way I've lost 4 packages of Eleocharis and one of Ludwigia arcuata, My Microsword grows, slowly, but it does, actually I've pruned it once. I'm using liquid CO2 daily, and Seachem once or twice per week.
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