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Re: [Killietalk] Re-use of peat
>Peat takes a long time to form & biotopes are
>destroyed to harvest it. How can we call ourselves conservationists when we
>take part in habitat destruction?
There are differing opinions on this. Canadian sphagnum peat doesn't take
long to form at all, and is more renewable than many other products used
horticulturally. Removing the 3 year old layer of duff is more detrimental
to the forest than say, a forest fire would be. So collecting leaf mold is
a bad idea. Collecting enough leaves from the forest to create your own is
also a bad idea. If you have an oak tree in your yard, go for it.
I think the peat bogs in Europe are a whole other story, I don't know much
about them but I think the peat used from them is much less renewable than
the peat from Canada. I will say it's a much more suitable and superior
peat for use with killies than Canadian peat IME as it's softer, there is
very little debris (like sticks or bark- a sign of the quick formation of
Canadian peat) and I consider myself lucky to get about a year supply of it
On 3/17/07, Lee Harper <lharper392000 at yahoo_com> wrote:
> I have no problem with dumping peat and eggs together
> in water to hatch. That is what I do with annuals that
> have been in peat for 3-9 months. The fry swim out of
> the peat which settles to the bottom. You can remove
> the peat or you can remove the fry or you can leave
> them together. As long as the water is changed
> regularly to prevent pollution it does not matter.
> Lee Harper
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