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Old 04-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #11
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Do you use plain soil? I had thought about making a mix of soil, peat, reptibark, and coocnut husk to try and keep the soil from compacting too much. I've decided on trying to keep mostly bog plants that are used to constantly moist soil (the type of plants that would do well in a riparium).

I have another question. The background I would create would be made out of foam (Great Stuff Pond Foam), and covered in silicon and patted down with organic peat. If the water touches the peat, would this be dangerous to the fish at all?
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:39 AM   #12
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As mine was a carnivorous plant terrarium I had to use peat, I mixed a little perlite in and sat that layer on top of the false bottom, then topped off with pure peat to hide the perlite.

Regarding the peat on background: I wouldn't have thought so, though I'm not entirely sure. Peat is often used in Killifish aquariums to lower the pH of the water to a more natural level; I don't really think a small amount of peat would cause any trouble but again, I don't rightly know. I would have though that, with a layer of soil over the background, the water could climb up and be absorbed by the peat but I've not had any experience with soil covered backgrounds so I really am not sure. Ever so sorry. If you google "reptile forums" you should find a swathe of information about people who've used this method for their reptile and amphibian enclosures.

I hope you'll detail your progress when you start! It'll be brilliant!
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