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Old 20-04-2003, 07:09 AM
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I'm setting up my 55g planted tank right now, and I was planning on using 2-3"
of Profile with laterite mixed in (or should I use laterite balls next to
plants?) and about 1" of coarse sand on top. Is the sand needed to keep
plants down, or should I just use the Profile? I'm worried that it will be
hard to vacuum the gravel should I need to without the sand sinking to the
bottom of the substrate. Anyone have experience with this? PS the tank will
have 160W of flouro. lighting and DIY CO2 injection. Any other pointers
before I set it all up... How does everyone else plant the tank? Is it
better to plant in shallow water, then fill 'er up, or plant after? Thanks in
advance.

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Old 20-04-2003, 07:09 AM
zooks
 
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My personal experience indicates that due to the higher density of the sand,
eventually the profile comes to the surface. I use a very coarse sand
(almost pea stone). Now it is a profile/sand mix and looks fine. If I was
to do it again I would probably just use the profile, and weight the plants
down. I have used small acrylic disk tied to the bottom of the plant with
fishing line and buried to secure plants the profile/sand.

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I'm setting up my 55g planted tank right now, and I was planning on using

2-3"
of Profile with laterite mixed in (or should I use laterite balls next to
plants?) and about 1" of coarse sand on top. Is the sand needed to keep
plants down, or should I just use the Profile? I'm worried that it will

be
hard to vacuum the gravel should I need to without the sand sinking to the
bottom of the substrate. Anyone have experience with this? PS the tank

will
have 160W of flouro. lighting and DIY CO2 injection. Any other pointers
before I set it all up... How does everyone else plant the tank? Is it
better to plant in shallow water, then fill 'er up, or plant after?

Thanks in
advance.

__
"Insert witty comment here."
-John



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Old 20-04-2003, 07:10 AM
Sharon Frey
 
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Dave Millman wrote in message ...
redled wrote:

I'm setting up my 55g planted tank right now, and I was planning on using 2-3"
of Profile with laterite mixed in (or should I use laterite balls next to
plants?) and about 1" of coarse sand on top. Is the sand needed to keep
plants down, or should I just use the Profile? I'm worried that it will be
hard to vacuum the gravel should I need to without the sand sinking to the
bottom of the substrate.


One of the things I never regret is my decision to use Flourite substrate a year
ago (after a bumbling newbie failure with soil and gravel). The only complaint you
ever hear from Flourite users is the price.


A less than precise 75% Flourite, 25% Profile mixture, a half dozen or
so Malaysian Trumpet Snails rescued for free from a LFS that didn't
have a clue what they were has resulted in plants with thick vibrant
white roots lush growth, gravel that hasn't needed vacumming in more
that a year and fish inhabitants that never die, have never been sick
and always come up front when the human appears with food.

The anubias nana has piece of Jobes Lush Fern spikes in the substrate
close to her roots.

I asked and my LFS ordered Flourite for me at far less than internet
prices.

Hope I helped.

Sharon
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Old 20-04-2003, 07:10 AM
Growly Dog
 
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I use a layer of sand mixed with laterite then gravel on top. I use the
river sand that the sell in tubes for traction in the winter. They sell it
at home Depot in 70 pound tubes for around two dollars. I mix laterite with
that and cover it with an inch or two of gravel. The gravel holds the
plants in place and the roots really grow in the sand.
"Dave Millman" wrote in message
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redled wrote:

I'm setting up my 55g planted tank right now, and I was planning on

using 2-3"
of Profile with laterite mixed in (or should I use laterite balls next

to
plants?) and about 1" of coarse sand on top. Is the sand needed to keep
plants down, or should I just use the Profile? I'm worried that it will

be
hard to vacuum the gravel should I need to without the sand sinking to

the
bottom of the substrate.


One of the things I never regret is my decision to use Flourite substrate

a year
ago (after a bumbling newbie failure with soil and gravel). The only

complaint you
ever hear from Flourite users is the price.

Anyone have experience with this? PS the tank will
have 160W of flouro. lighting and DIY CO2 injection. Any other pointers
before I set it all up... How does everyone else plant the tank? Is it
better to plant in shallow water, then fill 'er up, or plant after?

Thanks in
advance.


We just watched the video of Amano at the 2001 AGA convention at our

planted tank
study group 2 weeks ago. He does most of his planting in either damp soil

or an
inch or two of water. That's how I'll do it next time.






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