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Fibrous peat (was Re: Peat x Activated charcoal)
"Stoecker,Michael,FRANKLIN PARK,NC&C" wrote:
> You mention "fibrous peat". Where do you obtain this material from? Cost?
Fibrous peat apparently is a byproduct of the peat-gathering process, and is
for sale here in the US only as filter medium for Hagen/Fluval filters in
tiny useless packets with a price about the same as platinum. [Well $6-8 for
a couple of grams or some such ridiculous amount. It would take about 5-10
of them for one 5G tank.]
It is readily available in Europe, and very popular with German, Danish and
Dutch killy keepers. We sometimes have them use it as packing material (in
place of plastic popcorn) in fish boxes sent for our club auctions, or we
get our locals, who visit Europe, to fill any spare luggage space with it on
their return. [You, too, can do your part to drive the DEA agents nuts! :-)]
A big baggie of it often goes for $5-10 at BAKA auctions.
[This is one of numerous reasons to join or to create a strong local club,
There are some pretty good native substitutes being tested, but the early
results are someone else's work, and I don't feel free to divulge them
without his permission.
I have heard that the hobbyists of Denmark and N. Germany personally go to
the peat-collection fields, and gather the fibrous stuff. It is thrown out
as waste, when the peat is baled. I wish we had some killyfolk near the
Canadian or N. Midwest Sphagnum peat fields who could do the same for us.
Spread the word, and maybe it will happen.
It would be a delight just to see it regularly advertised in the BNL, for
example. I can't say enough good about it as a spawning and "lurking" medium
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
If it ain't broke, don't fix it -- and, especially,
don't let politicians fix it. ... Thomas Sowell
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