Laterite is an ideal lower layer or substrate for planted aquariums.
Let’s look at the importance of aquarium substrates and how to choose the right one for you and your aquarium.
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is a very popular planted tank substrate. Seachem briefs this substrate with “Flourite® is a specially fracted, stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium.”. Fluorite is unusual as unlike most substrates it is made from porous clay. The advantages of a clay based substrate include much higher iron levels than other substrates in this article. Red plants will especially benefit as they utilise iron for their bright red coloration. The downside is that the clay composition can become messy. Fine particles can cloud the tank initially and upon subsequent water changes. It is a strong recommendation to lightly rinse the substrate before use to eliminate these clay micro particles and keep them out of your aquarium.
Choosing the Right Substrate for a Saltwater Aquarium - The Spruce
Freshwater Substrates for a variety of freshwater aquarium setups
Aquarium substrates, the gravels and sands of tankbottoms, perform several functions in planted tanks; as root anchors,ballast for weighing down nutritive soil, possibly acting as buffers,mineral sources, even inorganic catalysts! Heck, they also make thesystem a lot more natural and attractive. Imagine tanks with barebottoms; no thanks.The advantages of decorating a fish tank with live plants instead of plastics are numerous.A healthy planted aquarium is essential to maintaining a population. Most importantly, plants contribute to balancing the oxygen level and algae growth while providing hiding places for fish. However, it is hard to cultivate plants in an aquarium because it requires some effort. Plants need lighting, water circulation, and good aquarium substrate to grow healthy. Substrate is the medium where plants and beneficial bacteria grow due to the rich nutrients. Each plant requires different care and each substrate type depends on the plant species in the tank.Substrates are important; their depth, size, granuleshape and composition can make or break an otherwise ideal live plantset-up. Here are my ideas on what to look for and avoid in choosing andusing aquarium sand and gravel for the aquatic gardener.How do you achieve some sort of uniformity in sizing ofsubstrate particulates? Either through buying it pre-graded or doing ityourself. You can buy or make two sieve-meshed screens that will removethe bigger/smaller pieces; and while you're at it let's mention. Concurrent with grading you may washthe new substrate, or utilize my favorite method, a batch (about ten pounds) at a time in anaquarium-dedicated plastic bucket with a garden hose, pouring it outand re-rinsing till clear. Wash all substrates, new or used beforeplacing them in your system.