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Peat experiment: prove it!

I decided to convince myself of the effects of peat.

After 3 days soaking in tapwater, here are the results.

tapwater: pH8, dGH11, dKH4
peatwater pH5, dGH6, dKH0

This was done in old butter containers, with a LARGE ratio of peat to water, probably a 1/2 cup of peat to 2 cups water.

So, based on these numbers I've decided to add peat to my aquaclear HOB on my blue ram tank. Their color has been fading and I don't think they are happy.

Any suggestions on how much peat I should begin adding to the filter? What's the "lifetime" of effectiveness for peat in a filter?
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I decided to convince myself of the effects of peat.

After 3 days soaking in tapwater, here are the results.

tapwater: pH8, dGH11, dKH4
peatwater pH5, dGH6, dKH0

This was done in old butter containers, with a LARGE ratio of peat to water, probably a 1/2 cup of peat to 2 cups water.

So, based on these numbers I've decided to add peat to my aquaclear HOB on my blue ram tank. Their color has been fading and I don't think they are happy.

Any suggestions on how much peat I should begin adding to the filter? What's the "lifetime" of effectiveness for peat in a filter?

Your KH is all gone. That is not a good thing!

It's good to see though that peat is that effective because I'd like to try and keep and breed Satanoperca daemon which is a blackwater earth eater that needs a pH of 4.5.

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Any suggestions on how much peat I should begin adding to the filter? What's the "lifetime" of effectiveness for peat in a filter?

1 qt. of peat per 25 gallons, and it lasts around 2 months.
This is the rule of thumb i used in a non CO2 tank. I had 5 very happy little campers.(rams)


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1 quart, eh? That's like 4 cups, seems like a LOT! I would be very scared of my KH going to zero, but then again if there's no co2 injection that's not the end of the world.

Is it 1 quart dry, or wet?
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Well I was looking this morning and found that This Discus Page also suggests 1 quart per 25 gallons of water, which may last for 1-3 months.

I was also suprised in reading around how often I hear "peat only has an effect on pH, not on hardness like KH and GH". Now I know . . . .
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I'd like to try and keep and breed Satanoperca daemon which is a blackwater earth eater that needs a pH of 4.5.
I have no idea what that is, but it sounds pretty scary.
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I have no idea what that is, but it sounds pretty scary.
Check it out!



http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profile...ies.php?id=492

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Esarkipato, I used one qt. of dry peat. It lowers the hardness to free CO2 from calcium bicarbonate witch in turn drops the P.H.


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