Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Peat, I found inconsistent in the fact that it's hard to filter the water through and have it come in contact with the exact amount of peat. I could take my tap water (ph/gh/kh), roughly 8/8/8 180TDS and get it down to 4/2/0 40 TDS with peat, which was too low, then you'd have to add tap water back and it was a mess to do. The second batch of water that when through my peat-filter would be like 5.5/4/1 80TDS, so that had to be mixed with less tap water. As you can see, lots of testing and mixing and it wasn't worth it in the end.
Currently, I'm keeping around 30 SSS's in just RO water with Salty Bee gH+. No buffering substrate, tank is 2/3 bare bottom, 1/3 flourite and some moss. pH is around 7 and breeding is doing good, babies everywhere.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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