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Peat moss filter?

I am looking to filter my water through peat moss and I am wondering if organic peat moss from home depot is safe or if peat moss from a reptile store would be better?
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I have CPDs and I am trying to mimic their natural habitat. Which from my reading is a soft water and a pH around 6.5-6.7. My pH is 7.2 right now. And I have read that peat moss will help slowly lower the pH.
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I couldn't find smaller portions and don't have room for the gigantic pallet-size bags of peat moss so I wouldn't know ... but I ordered Hoffman Sphagnum Peat Moss (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CBITW) from Amazon. It's been working beautifully in both my Apisto and CRS tanks and lowers my tap water pH from 8.6+ to around or just below neutral.
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I use the Eheim tort pellets. Good for about 6 months,don't stain the water yellow and are nice and compact so you don't have any little particles floating around.

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I couldn't find smaller portions and don't have room for the gigantic pallet-size bags of peat moss so I wouldn't know ... but I ordered Hoffman Sphagnum Peat Moss (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CBITW) from Amazon. It's been working beautifully in both my Apisto and CRS tanks and lowers my tap water pH from 8.6+ to around or just below neutral.
Do you put this in a bag so particles don't leach out?


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I use the Eheim tort pellets. Good for about 6 months,don't stain the water yellow and are nice and compact so you don't have any little particles floating around.
I was thinking of using these to cure my hard water but my ph is already at 6.8 would this drop my ph more or just reduce the hardness of the water stabilizing the ph?


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I am looking to filter my water through peat moss and I am wondering if organic peat moss from home depot is safe or if peat moss from a reptile store would be better?
From everything I've read as long as it dosent have any additives or dyes it should be safe just boil it first.


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From everything I've read as long as it dosent have any additives or dyes it should be safe just boil it first.
How long should I boil it?
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How long should I boil it?
Just long enough to kill anything on it about a minute or so...it might smell kinda bad but better safe than sorry


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How long should I boil it?
Just long enough to kill anything on it, about a minute or so...it might smell kinda bad but better safe than sorry


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