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Hi,
I am starting a 20 gallon planted tank, and was originally going to put laterite in it, but the stuff is really expensive (ecocomplete is even worse) I'm on a shoe string budget, so I was wondering, would something like pond tabs or liquid fertilizers do the same job as a laterite substrate?

Right now I'm only planting hornwort, java moss and java fern, and I don't have much light (about 3/4 watt per gallon lol) Would adding fertilizers cause too much phosphate or nitrogen in the water and give me algae problems?

Anyone have an opinion - laterite vs fertilizers?

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Good substrate is important, I personally have never used Laterite but I have used Flourite

Those plants are all very nice choices! Place some driftwood perhaps if you like tinted water, it will glow nice with the lower lighting. Start off slow and perhaps fertilize later if you feel its needed.
 
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