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RE: [Killietalk] Peat Moss
"wm crash" <wm_crash at hotmail_com> wrote:
> Talking about peatmoss, I rececived some long fiber sphagnum moss the
> other day. I was assumingly expecting a better quality of the same
> ole' stuff sold as regular sphagnum peat moss. But no, this one is
> yellowish color and very mossy.
> My question is, does this have the same beneficial properties as the
> other moss ?? Stuff like being water softener and realeasing goof
> stuff in the water (tannic and humic acid) ?
No, a thousand times no! You got sphagnum moss and not peat moss. Not
the same stuff, at all. Peat has undergone significant alteration in
anaerobic sub-arctic bogs, so is very resistant to further rotting, etc.
Dried moss is totally different and can raise hell in your tanks.
Fibrous peat is wonderful stuff, but we cannot afford it in the US. It
is priced right up with platinum at the LFS. It is virtually free, in
northern Europe, and what we use usually comes with box exchanges with
the SKS or DKG. Apparently it is a by-product/waste of normal
agricultural peat production. [Unfortunately, we can't get our Canadian
killifish keepers out of their Mercedes long enough to go find a more
available source. ;-)]
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