So I've had this 5 gallon set up for a few months with just an amazon sword plant, acouple anubias, a lucky bamboo (which i know isn't really aquatic but i'm keeping an eye on it for any sign of rot, it's Steels favorite plant) and two marimo and it's been doing great
I recently bought another sword plant along with a giant hairgrass for this aquarium. I figured since all i had been doing for the plants I already had was feeding them some liquid plant food I would add in some more plant friendly substrate for them, especially since I was bringing in more plants..
I had my early christmas money and bought myself this API Pure Laterite (and a liquid water testing kit). I followed the directions on the box and rinsed the Laterite before adding it to the tank, but it still clouded up the water really bad.. Which is okay since I have my Betta in another aquarium for temp. holding. I mixed it with the gravel and filled it part way with water and added the plants and the decor before filling it the rest of the way. It took about 24 hours but the water is almost perfectly clear now.
The only thing is is that now there's like a layer of clay on all of my plants which im bummed about. I haven't added any conditioner or anything other than a little bit of plant food into the water because I don't plan on putting my Betta into the tank for a little while yet..
Has anyone else used this Laterite or anything and is there an easy way to clean all this gunk off? I figure i'm going to have to do a partial water change (which is why i didn't waste any conditioner) to get some of it off.
Here are some photos of it, some from yesterday some from just now.. along with a picture of my boy Steel who will be going into the tank in the near future.
I also have plans for when these swords get much bigger, I think i'll be getting another 10 gallon to put them in. I know they grow way fast, the sword in the back i've had for about 2 months (maybe) and it's grown a bunch of leaves since, more than doubling it's size. I also plan on testing the water before I put him in too :) which i think i'm more excited about than having a cute planted tank lol.