Question about using organic Peat Moss for KH
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Fertilizers and Water Parameters


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-10-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
Xalyx
Planted Member
 
Xalyx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 172
Default

Question about using organic Peat Moss for KH


Ok so I hear a lot of people saying use Peat for KH can you elaborate on this? Put it inside the canister filter or inside the tank, does it make a difference? What do you use to contain it? Where do people get bags to hold filter material that still lets water pass through? Also how exactly does the remove KH, how long does it take, and how long can you use the peat before it must be removed/changed? Does it dissolve? Anyone have experience using it how effective is it compared to other methods?

Last edited by Xalyx; 02-10-2013 at 02:55 PM.. Reason: title
Xalyx is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-10-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
Darkblade48
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,735
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xalyx View Post
Ok so I hear a lot of people saying use Peat for KH can you elaborate on this? Put it inside the canister filter or inside the tank, does it make a difference? What do you use to contain it? Where do people get bags to hold filter material that still lets water pass through? Also how exactly does the remove KH, how long does it take, and how long can you use the peat before it must be removed/changed? Does it dissolve? Anyone have experience using it how effective is it compared to other methods?
I used to put peat moss into my canister filter. The pH will decrease a bit, and you will notice that the peat leaches quite a bit of tannins, resulting in tea coloured water.

I used to use old pantyhose stockings - they work well.
__________________
Anthony

A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks
Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
Xalyx
Planted Member
 
Xalyx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 172
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
I used to put peat moss into my canister filter. The pH will decrease a bit, and you will notice that the peat leaches quite a bit of tannins, resulting in tea coloured water.

I used to use old pantyhose stockings - they work well.
For how long
Xalyx is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
Darkblade48
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,735
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xalyx View Post
For how long
The tea colouration depends on several factors: how often you do water changes, how much, whether you use activated charcoal to remove the tannins, how much peat you use, etc.

In short, it is hard to say.
__________________
Anthony

A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks
Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
stlouisan
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 74
Default

If you're doing regular water changes, isn't the kh of the tap water going to undo the effects of the peat?
stlouisan is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2013, 02:20 AM   #6
AirstoND
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,396
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stlouisan View Post
If you're doing regular water changes, isn't the kh of the tap water going to undo the effects of the peat?
I would say this depends on how heavily tank is planted, how big it is, and other growth factors.
AirstoND is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012