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Re: Re: NFC: pinestraw as a acidifier?

> >From: robert a rice <robertrice at juno_com>
> >Subject: Re: NFC: pinestraw as a acidifier?

>I don't know about it as an acidifier, but in small backyard ponds who's
>owners don't want to use a lot of chemicals, it is a long standing practice
>to float a very small bale of barley straw to keep the algae down.
>- -kris

i think that is just for algaecide that leaches form the straw.  Some of the 
guys on the Plant list are calling it the "next big thing" in adapting it to 

>From: "Chris Hedemark" <chris at yonderway_com>
>Subject: Re: NFC: pinestraw as a acidifier?
>I can't comment authoritatively on the appropriateness of pine straw. .....
thanks, I shoud have figured that.  I got the idea because the upper pond in 
the farm system is full of it.

>From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>

>What, pray tell, is wrong with good old peat -- Canada sphagnum type, to be

It doesn't grow on the trees in the back yard. ;)
>... Peel the mesh and microwave in a pyrex ...
Mom would kill me.  She barly truste me to boil tea since that time I melted 
the corning ware pot...

>cup of water to make it soft and instantly sinkable.
Add to an already populated tank sinkable?

>Use in filters, in spawning containers, or as a simple substrate. It 
>(slices, it dices, grows hair instatly over nite when used topically)
if i ever get the canister filter running again i will try it.

>Among dwarf cichlid keepers, there are four principle methods for obtaining
>appropriate water for 'blackwater' species:
>1.  Buy Rerverse Osmosis 2.  Buy your own RO unit
broke college student

>3.  Collect rain water
4th year of drought

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