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In praise of peat plates.
I've just spent a pleasant half hour rubbing peat plates and I knew
you'd want to hear about it! No, seriously, as the subject of peat
sources crops up now and then I'll put my tuppence worth in. The plates
I'm using are Hagen, and are meant to be placed under gravel to
encourage plant growth. I reckon you'd have to be Bill Gates to actually
use them for this purpose in a 4' tank, but for someone like me who
doesn't need vast quantities of peat I think they're ideal.
What I like about them is their homogeneity. I think the peat must be
pulped in some way, because even what were sticks, come out sort of
fluffy. The plates can be rubbed together to provide a sawdust textured
substrate, very nice and fine. Or, they can be finely crumbled to give a
coarser texture, better for Cynolebias (sorry Wright) which kick up more
Of the three packs I've bought so far (3 plates per pack) one plate had
too much fluffy, twiggy stuff for my liking, but you can see through the
packet so this should be avoidable if you just want the finest texture.
Well that's all folks, I'm sure these things have been mentioned
before, but with all that rubbing, I just had to share!
P.S. no connection with Hagen.
P.S.S. Mechanix by UFO - Wot a great album!
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