Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #291

Not to be dense, but I could use a little clarification here.  Would you 
recommend the following set-up?

-  water column
-  plain gravel (or sand; I'm thinking of setting up a swamp-motif)
-  laterite
-  plain gravel (again)
---nylon window screen---
-  ugf platform

I am kicking this set-up around (mentally :-) ) and am wondering if your 
experience indicates that this setup would work OK.  I am planning to 
setup a 45 high  tank with ugf running two power heads for my angels 
when they get a little larger.  I haven't really finally decided on the 
plants, but I'm pretty sure that Echinodora and Valisneria species will 
be in the mix.


PS.  While I'm thinking about, can anyone recommend some other South 
American species for this tank?  I'm planning for angels, hatchetfish, 
and a shoal of corys so water conditions will be soft and slightly acid, 
temp about 80deg.  Lighting and substrate are still in the design stage,
 although I can't afford to go nuts with MH lights or the like.

> From: Earle Hamilton <ehami at sunny_ncmc.cc.mi.us>
> Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 12:47:52 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: Laterite clouding and 230g update

< chomp >

> Hopefully the tank will not leak and we will have enough time to report 
> significant diffrences at some future time.  The conclusion I would reach 
> at this point is that laterite will cloud a tank if too much water is 
> used when mixing it in the gravel.  The less the better.  And even if it 
> does get into suspension it will eventually clear by adhereing to 
> everything it comes in contact with.
> Sorry for the long post but hope this will be of interest to some of you 
> out there.