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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-26-2013, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Where to buy peat moss

Looking for a place that sells aquarium safe peat moss. Looking to lower the ph in a tank with it. Also, how often does it need to be replaced?

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Try walmarts garden section, a general gardening shop, or a hobby store.

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I get mine from Home Depot.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 06:10 AM
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Might be a bit late, but the seed starting pellets are what you're looking for. They SHOULD be straight up peat. I've seen one brand that included spaghnum but only at a discount store.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 06:59 AM
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I buy bales of sphagnum for my box turtle enclosures at Lowes. $11 for 3 cubic yards of compressed peat goodness. I use it in my planted tank too. Just don't go too deep with it or it will rot your stems.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 04:45 PM
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Maybe a bit late - but I have fish and Orchids. If you are worried about the quality of the peat moss you can microwave the moss in a bit of water (enough for the moss to be soaking wet) and that will kill any fungus or bacteria without losing too much of the tannins.

This is a technique used by many hobbyists and commercial growers alike, usually you pressure cook the peat moss for about 30 minutes but I think you would loose too much tannins and therefor lose the ph lowering properties. When this technique is used for Orchids, the medium lasts longer and less algae builds up on the surface of the moss.
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