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Hi Everyone! I am new to this forum and wanted to say hi, and ask a question about substrate. I read on Rex's site about putting a fine layer of peat on the very bottom and then put your flourite/gravel over that. Question is: What is a fine layer? 1/4 inch? 1/2 inch? Is it possible to overdo it? I am in the process of setting up a 65g tank and I wanted to clear this up before I go any farther. Thanks.
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Varies on who you ask. Generally, refers to just enough to barely cover the bottom glass w/some areas of the glass showing.

I run a deeper layer than that, but try it w/just a bit first if you've never done it before.

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Yeah, what Eric said. The general advice given is to dust the bottom of the tank until you can't see the glass. It's only there to get the bacteria culture going in the substrate. if you add too much you run the risk of acidifying your water which will make it near impossible to determine your CO2 levels based on a CO2-KH chart.

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If my understanding is correct, too much peat can lower the ph more than you would want. Yes? No? Ibn, how deep you like your substrate to be? In my fish only tanks I like to vary the depth a lot for greater visual appeal. In some places I might go as deep as 4-5 ins. Is that too deep for plants or am I all right? Thanks.
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Bharada, You posted while I was writing my last post. All right then a dusting it is. Is it worth it to cover that layer with any screening or would that be a waste?
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I don't think you need to cover it with anything besides the substrate. The goal is just to kickstart the bacteria in the substrate so the peat is going to decompose in a short period of time anyway.

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I agree, a dusting is all you really need. Once the fish load settles in, detritus will accumulate and continue to feed the substrate with nutrients.

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All right then. A dusting of peat and no covering. Forgot about the decomposing part. My college biology prof. would be really happy to hear that!
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