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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-14-2003, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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i decided too set up a 55g amazon tank mainly with neons and angels. YES I KNOW ANGELS USUALLY EAT NEONS. sorry but many people have told me that but in my experience that has not been true. and i figured if i want too keep discus later this would be the tank but im not ready for the extra work they require :cry: . I want too achieve that blackwater look and hopefully lower my PH a bit by adding peat too my filter. i have a rena xp3 for this tank right now and im not sure how much peat too add. i bought some fluval aquarium peat from my lfs and the box has 70g, or 2.5OZ of peat. how much of this would you reccomend i put in my filter?
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It all depends on your starting water parameters, and your desired parameters. Start with a little, and keep adding more a little at a time until you get the desired results.
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well im not too worried about my PH, its fine im more worried about over doing it so how much should i start out with? a 1/3 of the bag? less? more?
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It all depends on what the KH (alkalinity) of your tank is the higher the KH the more peat you need to add as the Kh prevents the ph from dropping (acts as a stabalizer) so if your Kh was around the 4-5 Mark then you would need more Peat than if it was 1 or 2 ...

if you have a very low Kh you are more prone to a PH crash

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Without knowing your water parameters, it would be impossible to guide you on how much to use.
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my gh is 75 and my kh is 80 and my ph is in the 7.2-7.8 range.
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75 and 80? Does your water come out of the faucet in chunks? I thought my 12 dph was high!!!

If you mean 75 and 80 ppm, then translates to about 4-5 dph, which would require no softening. One dph = 17.9 ppm

What are the units behind the "75" & "80"...dph?, ppm?, etc.

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yeah im talking in ppm, sorry for the confusion.
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and im planning on using the peat more just too teak the water than change the perameters, i just dont want too accidentally use too much.
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Peats vary in acidity and effectivenes , its all very unscientific. Even peat from the same location a couple of feet away can be different. It's best to add a little and check the water and so on. You can't even rely on brand consistency since the sources are highly variable.

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hmm alright thanks i guess ill just experiment.
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