Peat moss as a substrate

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23 Mar 2014 07:53 #1 by Tommyk (Tommy Kearney)
Hi I'm sitting here looking at an empty 15 gallon tank and my mind is wandering. I'm thinking about setting up a planted tank possible walstead method. I have a location picked ( in the unity room) and got the go ahead from the mrs!!! The only substrate I have is peat moss and gravel.



I'm wondering if anybody has used peat moss as a substrate and if you have any pointers on what to look out for, or what depth to use.



I'm not overly concerned about ph or hardness as my tap water is extremely hard and has a ph of over 8.



Thanx in advance for any advice

Tommy

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24 Mar 2014 11:13 #2 by dshamrock2000 (Dave)
Its fine but definately cap it or you will have it all over your plants etc, Maybe do a search on the subject as there are alot of variations of what is mixed in with the peat depending on the supplier etc and pick the best one to suit your overall plan

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24 Mar 2014 13:34 #3 by Tommyk (Tommy Kearney)
Cheers dshamrock, I was in b and q yesterday and got miracle gro organic choice so have used that. I put a thick cap on it last night and flooded it.
Only need to get the plants now

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24 Mar 2014 19:21 #4 by meleftone (Kevin Usher)
Don't put too thick a cap on it, you could cause anaerobic conditions in the miracle gro if it becomes compacted. About 1.5" or so, should be ok.

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24 Mar 2014 22:05 #5 by Tommyk (Tommy Kearney)
Hi meleftone, it's about 2"of miracle gro and a 1.5" cap on it so hopefully it will do the trick.
Just doing a few large water changes over the next few days until the water changes. Hoping to get some plants in tomorrow

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24 Mar 2014 23:03 #6 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
Unless you have some way of gently stirring the peat around or getting water to flow through it, it become anaerobic whatever way.
I use peat as a substrate in a lot of my fish tanks..........it is a mess, it is not very power-filter friendly but it gets results that I need.

ian

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