Re: Laterite availability. Tropical soils in Texas?
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com (Aquatic-Plants)
Subject: Re: Laterite availability. Tropical soils in Texas?
From: "David W. Webb" <dwebb at ti_com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 19:50:48 -0600
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>Subject: Re: Laterite availability. Tropical soils in Texas?
>The recent concern over continued availability of Dupla laterite,
>and the note from Australia
>concerning tropical soils in Northwest Territory there, make me
>wonder whether anyone has tried
>good old "Texas gumbo". This is a very heavy, clay soil common
>on the gulf coast. Our climate
>certainly rivals the tropical, though our winters are colder.
>The stuff certainly supports lush
>plant growth, as anyone who has had to wade through the bayou
>and marsh country will attest.
I'm sure you could use Texas gumbo in your aquarium, but it's properties
would be somewhat different from laterite. The black gumbo where I live is
built up from grasslands resting on top of limestone bedrock. It contains
a pretty high percentage of CaCO3, and is very hard on acid-loving plants
David W. Webb Enterprise Computing
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