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Peat- What kind

I'm looking to buy some Peat to make water softer and to lower ph. (CRs)

What kind of peat am I looking for? I saw some at Lowes yesterday but it was by Miracle Grow. I stayed clear of that. I also went to Home Depot and same thing. Maybe I need to go to a local nursery.

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ive used peat in the past, and wont do it again.
however, if I were to use peat again i would use a peat pellet like; http://a1272.g.akamai.net/7/1272/112...997_32324P.jpg
or the ones availble from eheim. its neater, cleaner, and easier to use than regular shredded sphagmum peat moss.

IMO you do not want to use shredded sphagmum like you find at a garden center, or homedepot, like this; http://www.hydroharrys.com/catalog/images/2.2.jpg
or this http://www.westcreekfarms.com/Images/pmhands.jpg
these are really messy, and hard to use.


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Walmart had 100% Canadian Sphagnum moss last time I was there. I use peat under my substrate and it makes much less mess. Some friends put it in media bags in their filters for a natural blackwater extract, releases lots of tannins that way.

I've heard that Fluval peat pellets won't release tannins but I"ve never used them and they can be hard to find?





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I use peat under my substrate and it makes much less mess.
much less mess than what, using a peat layer on top of your substrate?
ive used peat in the past (under the substrate as well ).. cant say it made 1 bit of difference to plant growth, but it certainly did contribute to cloudy water when I gravel vac'd the substrate, or uprooted a bunch of amazon swords.


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