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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2003, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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How often should I change the peat I am going to use in my AquaClear 150? I have a 15G tank... and for those of you who did, how much peat did you use?

I've been to the Peat Page and I prefer to go with the peat in the filter method...
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what are you using peat for?

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black water, soften and lower the water... for my rams and cardinals.

Right now, I'm using Tetra Blackwater Extract. I bought this huge brick of sphagnum peat moss at home depot for $7, much cheaper than the additive. I don't wanna crash my pH if I put too much. I wanna know the starting point, like 1 cup of peat maybe?
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What's the water parameters of your tap water?

If you want to soften the water, a quick and easy way is to mix your tap water with RO water.

you could do both, putting peat in the filter and mixing your water, because if your water is anything like mine (ph 8, GH and KH up to 10) then peat alone will not work too well.

If you want to black water real quick, you know what works?? tea bags. but i don't know how safe it is for the aquarium. one of my girl friends uses tea bags for terrestrial plants that need a more acidic environment.

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I would start with about a 1/4 cup to start and monitor your ph and kh/gh daily to see what effect its having. All peat is different, but you should be able to get a good feel for the brick you got by monitoring for a couple weeks.

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