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post #11 of 26 Old 12-16-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Like the moss in hanging baskets?

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post #12 of 26 Old 12-16-2012, 07:20 PM
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Like the moss in hanging baskets?
Possibly, not knowing what that may be; but I would only use "aquarium-safe" peat.

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Well, boxing day is in 10 days so ill see if the pet store has any

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post #14 of 26 Old 12-17-2012, 10:15 AM
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What is peat?? I thought it was a kind of wood, but have been told that it is the mushy stuff on the bottom of a lake, or something you out in a filter.
I personally believe the lake one, based on who told me. Could someone clarify this?

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3.0 cu. ft. Peat Moss-70976040 at The Home Depot

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #15 of 26 Old 12-23-2012, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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coolio.

chaning it tomorow or the next day!!! soooooo sited!!!

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It makes a lovely substrate when its by itself, ther is a chance of the substrate going anaerobic if you cap it.. If you have extremely soft water, peat can drop the ph to 4.5, so be cautious.

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It makes a lovely substrate when its by itself, ther is a chance of the substrate going anaerobic if you cap it.. If you have extremely soft water, peat can drop the ph to 4.5, so be cautious.

In my experience NO!!!!!!

the plants will suck out the carbon dioxide and raise the pH.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

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see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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If i had peat, and the plants sucked it out the Co2 and raised it, would they off set each other or would one effect it a bit more??

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post #20 of 26 Old 12-25-2012, 09:26 AM
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If i had peat, and the plants sucked it out the Co2 and raised it, would they off set each other or would one effect it a bit more??
In my experience live plants trump all else. Ph in my tanks ph rises to above 8 regardless of substrait
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