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RE: Using RO water and boiled Peat Moss
Adjusting pH. That answered the question, thanks.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Monty Lehmann [SMTP:lehmann at jlab_org]
> Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 4:21 PM
> To: killietalk at aka_org
> Subject: Using RO water and boiled Peat Moss
> Hi Mike!
> I am unsure of what exactly your question is.
> Do you want to know how I adjust the PH or how
> I breed killies or what?
> If it is how I adjust the PH, I use boiled, drained
> Canadian peat moss. I take a batch from a standard
> bale of peat moss purchased at the local hardware/
> garden store. I boil it in a stainless pot for ten
> minutes after the water starts to boil. I use a coarse
> weave net to remove the peat and I discard the water
> and the fine peat in it. I start with clean water and
> add the strained peat from the first boil. I repeat
> this a third time except when the mixture has boiled
> for ten minutes the third time, I turn the stove off
> and let the mixture cool a little. I then use the same
> net and put the still warm/hot peat in a small tub
> and cover it. It will last a long time in the tub ( many
> months up to a couple of years). It is always damp
> and ready to use as long as you keep it covered.and
> I use small amounts of this peat for breeding set-ups
> of peat spawners as well as a small amount in a box
> filter to gently lower the ph. I remove the peat if the
> ph drops too far, but if you use a small amount it
> usually isn't a problem. The amount varies depending
> on your water, so a little trial & error is indicated
> to gain the experience necessary to do this on the fly.
> The main concern is to keep the water clean by water
> changes. Whenever I have had a problem with any
> fish, the main cause is usually what I see when I look
> in a mirror. It is me not doing the water changes, not
> feeding the right foods or something else. Most killies
> ( and other types of fish) will breed for you if you
> will learn a little about them and then give them
> tank conditions that they are comfortable with.
> Does this answer your question?
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