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Is peat in my filter stripping Mg and Ca?

Some of my plants are showing serious calcium defficencies, and having leaves that look like crumpled plastic bags.

I'm starting to wonder how this is possible when I dose traces ala EI, and yet the plants show no sign of getting better.

is it possible that the peat in my filtration system (used for lowering the GH a bit) is stripping the Ca and Mg from my water column?


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well, yes. if you're lowering GH, then you HAVE to strip Ca and Mg... that's what GH is. You have to find a happy medium between the water hardness you want and the Ca and Mg levels your plants want.

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That's what I thought, just checking to see whether I wasn't going off on a wrong tangent.

Oh well, I think it could be time to say goodbye to the peat.

Oh peat! How I shall miss thee.


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Just try lowering the amount of peat you are using if it is necessary...
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