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Old 20-04-2003, 06:11 AM
Bill Davis
 
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Default Laterite Recipe ?

Just setting up a new tank and adding Laterite to the substrate. My existing
substrate in my old tank has none. The Laterite I purchased is the
"granular" kind. I would like to add some to my existing tank. Was not able
to get the Laterite "balls". Is there a "recipe" for making your own from
the granular Laterite? What would be the best way to add to existing
substrate in an established tank?

Thanks!



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Old 20-04-2003, 06:13 AM
Haywire
 
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Default Laterite Recipe ?

The laterite is an iron/aluminium rich clay. although granular it will
dissolve in water. I laid my laterite on the bottom of the tank then
covered it with 1/8" gravel.

the laterite balls are made by wetting the granules enough so that you form
a workable clay then baking it in the oven. I think the krib has an thread
of messages on it.

"Bill Davis" wrote in message
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Just setting up a new tank and adding Laterite to the substrate. My

existing
substrate in my old tank has none. The Laterite I purchased is the
"granular" kind. I would like to add some to my existing tank. Was not

able
to get the Laterite "balls". Is there a "recipe" for making your own from
the granular Laterite? What would be the best way to add to existing
substrate in an established tank?

Thanks!




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Old 20-04-2003, 06:13 AM
James Purchase
 
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Default Laterite Recipe ?

"Haywire" wrote in message
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The laterite is an iron/aluminium rich clay. although granular it will
dissolve in water. I laid my laterite on the bottom of the tank then
covered it with 1/8" gravel.


Laterite will not dissolve in water. Anything than might dissolve would have
been leached out of the material long ago. Laterite is a highly weathered,
tropical soil which has had everything soluable leached out of it over
thousands of years due to natural weathering. Iron and aluminium are pretty
much all that is left.

It will mix with water, to form a "mud", but it doesn't dissolve.

James Purchase
Toronto


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Old 20-04-2003, 06:14 AM
Haywire
 
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Default Laterite Recipe ?

hehe,

good point, it doesn't dissolve, my apologies.

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"Haywire" wrote in message
ble.rogers.com...
The laterite is an iron/aluminium rich clay. although granular it will
dissolve in water. I laid my laterite on the bottom of the tank then
covered it with 1/8" gravel.


Laterite will not dissolve in water. Anything than might dissolve would

have
been leached out of the material long ago. Laterite is a highly weathered,
tropical soil which has had everything soluable leached out of it over
thousands of years due to natural weathering. Iron and aluminium are

pretty
much all that is left.

It will mix with water, to form a "mud", but it doesn't dissolve.

James Purchase
Toronto






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