Source for Peat, where to put it.
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Source for Peat, where to put it.
From: Charley Bay <charleyb at hpgrla_gr.hp.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 95 9:52:02 MDT
In-Reply-To: <199509070605.CAA30200 at looney_actwin.com>; from "Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com" at Sep 7, 95 2:05 am
Mailer: Elm [revision: 70.85]
I've been reading a lot about "peat" and "peat moss" and
its potential assorted benefits in the aquarium. Like George,
I tend to like some level of "artificial neatness" in my
tanks, and wasn't planning on using it. However, I've come
back full-circle and now would like to try peat to lower my
pH, add nutrients for plants, etc. (I'm going for a more
acidic South American setup).
I couldn't find in the FAQ any references to "which" peat
is ok. Is any peat moss from the garden shop ok? I
understand that something high in phosphorous or undecayed
organic matter can be a problem...
I'm looking here at "Peat Plates" (3 for $4.89) in the Pet
Warehouse catalog. They are essentially being advertised
as a growing medium for plant roots. Is this the way to
go? Sounds kind of expensive.
Also, I'm thinking I want to put a bunch of peat down in
my sump that pumps directly into the substrate (I have
another sump that pumps into the main tank body). I was
a little reluctant to actually put the peat in the substrate,
because it's harder to remove from the substrate than from
the sump (can I easily control the pH? Are there other effects
that I won't like?). It would be nice to have that medium in the
substrate as a root media, though, and I'm not worried about
anaerobic decay because I have good circulation potential in
the substrate. What should I do?
--new to the peat concept, charley
charleyb at gr_hp.com or charley at agrostis_nrel.colostate.edu