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lemonblazer
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PostPosted: 2003.09.15(Mon)15:13    Post subject: Dirt Shmirt Reply with quote

I recently got back into this hobby after a 7yr absence. 2 weeks ago I bought a 65 gallon tank. Having no idea on what kind of setup I wanted all I got to put in the tank was gravel, heater, Penguin Bio-wheel filter. Now after hanging around this site I decided to add a few live plants to my setup when the tank is done cycling.

Problem: The gravel I have in my tank is black Ultra Stone. Is the the proper substrate to plant with? I really don't want to purchase more substrate. Embarassed
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Irons
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)8:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regular gravel is fine. You can easily grow several differnet plants provided you have enough light. Such as java moss, java fern, anachris, etc.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)11:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to add some Laterite, and mix it in with the gravel! This will enable you to grow 'root-feeding' plants (ie.Swords)...
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lemonblazer
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)18:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys for the response, but if I mix in the laterite won't that float all over my tank
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dan
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PostPosted: 2003.09.18(Thu)18:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

lemonblazer wrote:
thanks guys for the response, but if I mix in the laterite won't that float all over my tank

ya Its a better idea to add it during setup. I would just add some root fertilizers when needed and where needed.
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panaque
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PostPosted: 2003.09.20(Sat)3:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are several "plant tabs" on the market that are great if you don't mind adding them every couple of months or so...just put them in the rooting area of yous plants and enjoy! You can also get results by adding liquid fertilizer supplements to your water. Or you can pot your plants in small teracotta or plastic containers with the substrate of your choice in them...you might add holes to them so your plants don't get root-bound.
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