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Re: [APD] DIY Eco complete and Fertiplant ideas

It kind of sounds like going back to the layer cake
substrates of the past. Why so complicated?

Scott H.
--- Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net> wrote:

> . . . So a DIY fertiplant/Eco complete substrate would 
> be done
> as follows: 
> Lignite: cheap, available(folks seem to be using the
> product Diamond Black)
> Turface balck: cheap available
> Mulm= free
> Peat= cheap/optional when using lignite
> You can add black silica type sands to add weight to this
> mix, 
> Adding black sand to black Turface will not be an eye
> sore either, like red
> color turface and finding a suitable color match.
> Something to consider.
> But for about 30-40$ max, you should be able to have a
> DIY substrate for
> about a 50-100 gal tank, vs 150-200$ and it should work
> well, look good
> also.
> I am soaking the lignite in a solution of KNO3 to see how
> much is absorbed
> by this material.
> Then I will add the lignite to pure water and see what
> rate the NO3
> diffuses out.
> I will try KH2PO4 and then repeat this.
> Next try both KNO3/KH2PO4 together.
> Hopefully it'll absorb a lot and not leech it back out or
> only very slowly.
> Using the same products, such as Diamond black will allow
> folks to better
> compare differences, like if folks all use Flourish etc.

S. Hieber

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