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peat moss for SA/CA's

11 years 5 months ago #6628 by rm-slover
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ok - see ya saturday

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11 years 5 months ago #6617 by shepp
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didnt confuse me at all cuz i use streight RO now and add kent RO right to (replaces minerals and what not that RO removes) i was thinking of adding the peat to my 75 becuase of the apistos i bought afew weeks ago but i should be good now from what i under stand from your post.....

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11 years 5 months ago #6606 by rm-slover
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Yes. Yes. RO water.

Thats the simple answer  - Now to confuse you.

Peat placed in a filter bag in the housing of a canister filter, internal box filter or HOB filter will lower the Ph of the water in your tank. I believe it will also soften the water as well.

The water will turn a light shade of brown because of the peat moss. Peat moss is brown and will leach tannic acid into the water which is NOT HARMFUL to the fish. This tannic acid is what softens the water and lowers the Ph. The same thing will happen by adding driftwood to the tank but the PH wont be lowered as much. Many people prefer the tannis appearance because it gives the tank a "blackwater" feel which is the natural environment of many south american amazonian species such as tetras, apistogramma, and corydoras species.

There are other ways to lower the Ph. -

First you can inject pressurized Co2 into the tank. Many planted tank people do this because it benefits the plants and lowers the ph which is beneficial to most of the species kept in planted tanks.

You could also add Reverse Osmosis water to the tank which will lower the PH and soften the water as well. the RO water needs to be mixed with tap water to be safe for fish because RO water removes all the "bad" things from the water. the problem is the "bad" things are needed for the fish. you can purchase bottles of distilled water for $1.00 at most grocery stores, or you can refil gallon bottles at the water botteling machines at almost all grocery stores for anywhere 30-50 cents a gallon. the drinking water machines are RO water.

if you are needing a lot of RO water you may choose to look into purchasing a RO unit. they vary in price depending on how many gallons per day you plan on needing. an RO unit isnt needed for most people unless you are into breeding discus, Apistogramma Species, and possibly angels.

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11 years 5 months ago #6599 by shepp
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i wasnt sure where to post this........

i have read that peat moss in the filter will lower the PH of the water, but on the other hand i have read that it will turn your water brown, is this true?? and if soo what other ways can i go about lowering it.

i havent seen anything around here to do so.

thanks

neal

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