Subject: Laterite/vermiculite mix
After over a year of dreaming, planning, and building I
> am ready to fill a 50G (36" x 18" x 18") with water, some fish a
> of plants. This is a show tank for the living room so doing it
> very important. First off, in reading the instructions that cam
> the 500g of Duplarit G I am confused about what to do with the 1
> Duplaplant tablets. Do I push them into the gravel? Dissolve th
> aquarium water itself or are they anti-anxiety pills that I shou
> to calm myself?
Break the rooting tablets up and spread them around in the
substrate. The Duplaplant tablets can just be spread around the
surface. A glass of wine will do more for your nerves ;-)
> Secondly, After reading Jim Kelly's soil and vermiculite
> and more recently his article in the last TAG on soil characte
> I am thinking of mixing the laterite I have with vermiculite. M
> is that this mixture will have an increased cation exchange capa
> laterite alone. What are peoples thoughts?
Vermiculite can't hurt anything (unless you count the unsightly
look of floating particles, or sparkling pieces on top of the
substrate<g>) but IMO, it's overkill. Most plants will do fine
with the laterite alone. Those that don't would benefit more from
soil at their roots than vermiculite.
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.