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I bought some peat pellets to try and lower my ph and also i wanted a little of yhe tannins in the water. I have cardinal tetras and wanted the water to look more natural. I filled a filter sock about half way then put it in my ac 50. After a week I've seen no tannins or ph change.
Ph 7.4
Kh 4
Gh 4.
Do i need more? Package says its concentrated.
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That is strange. It's as if something like purigen is countering the humic acid. Did the gh at least go down (as humic acid will bind Ca++/Mg++)?
Do you think it is worth while to remove some water and test some peat granules in a separate container?
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That is strange. It's as if something like purigen is countering the humic acid. Did the gh at least go down (as humic acid will bind Ca++/Mg++)?
Do you think it is worth while to remove some water and test some peat granules in a separate container?
Not that I've noticed, just tested GH and it was 3, and it kinda stays around 4 and 3 depending on the water changes. All I have in the canister is sponges and a little matrix. As for the AC it has sponges and the peat. I've just kinda expected the peat to release a little more tannis. I've used just raw peat before and saw different results in the past.
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I have added Laguna Peat Granules into the substrate. They are sold in a bag usually used for filters on ponds. They are basically peat moss compressed into rocks so arent as messy as bulk peat. If you take it and boil some r/o water then add the granules and hot water into a bucket it will sink faster. I can tell you plantes love it. Most of the roots drive right through and around them.

Some people wont like this type of use because it does not look as neat and tidy as a tank with Miracle capped with sand or all Amazonia tank, but PLants love it.

I have had success with Seachem red bottom layer. Then Peat Granules then topped with ADA Amazonia and some Humalite (like Leonardite but comes from fresh water lakes and also adds Humic Acid to Tank). The Humalite is rock hard form and does not noticibly dissolve, more dark brown colour.

Over time it all gets mixed up plants are happy
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I have added Laguna Peat Granules into the substrate. They are sold in a bag usually used for filters on ponds. They are basically peat moss compressed into rocks so arent as messy as bulk peat. If you take it and boil some r/o water then add the granules and hot water into a bucket it will sink faster. I can tell you plantes love it. Most of the roots drive right through and around them.

Some people wont like this type of use because it does not look as neat and tidy as a tank with Miracle capped with sand or all Amazonia tank, but PLants love it.

I have had success with Seachem red bottom layer. Then Peat Granules then topped with ADA Amazonia and some Humalite (like Leonardite but comes from fresh water lakes and also adds Humic Acid to Tank). The Humalite is rock hard form and does not noticibly dissolve, more dark brown colour.

Over time it all gets mixed up plants are happy
Is there a specific brand of humalite that you use? I've been looking for leonardite but it's proving almost impossible to get anymore, so I might consider humalite instead.

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