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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Can you manufacture peat moss?

Wasn't sure where to put this but its related to my water parameters since I would be using it to modify my tanks pH. Can I grow sphagnum moss then harvest dead parts of it, allow them to "ferment" and then create my own peat? Is this possible? http://youtu.be/wuv7hReYiCU Is what he calling actually peat or is it just freshly dead.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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I suppose you could, but I think it would take sphagnum quite a long toime before it broke down to the same level as the product you find marketed as "sphagnum peat moss"

A better question might be, "Why would you want to?" Peat moss is something like $7.99 for 2 1/2 cubic feet at garden centers. 2 1/2 cubic feet will last you years. If it's for fish use, just make sure it's organic, or specifically excludes any added fertilizers, water retention gels, or anything else. I've used garden center peat in my tanks for years, and I have no reason to think it's inferior to aquarium store peat in any way.
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+1 to the above.
i used garden peat and its CHEAP.. if u payed urself a penny per day to grow and then dry peat moss. u'd be rich before u actually garnered a usuable amount of peat

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Not to mention that most of the Peat Moss sold in the U.S.A. is imported from Canada.

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No, all you will get is shredded sphagnum. Peat moss (the kind you're thinking of) decomposed in specific bog-like conditions that give them their current properties...
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Step 1 - Buy property containing a peat bog.
Step 2 - Grow additional sphagnum.
Step 3 - Bury harvested sphagnum in bog.
Step 4 - Wait decades.
Step 5 - Profit.
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