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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Been thinking of setting up 29 g with peat topped w black blasting sand.
Has anybody done something similar.
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Diana Walstad in her book mentioned adding peat to dirt tanks to lower pH. I haven't heard of anyone using just peat. Is there a reason you wouldn't do normal organic potting or garden soil?



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Peat is basically just organic matter that hasn't been broken down by microbes into soil yet. Lay down 1/2" sand, lightly pepper top with about 1/8-1/4" of coco or ground up spaghnum peat then cover with another 1" of sand. Very high CEC value and plants like swords and crypts love it. Tannins it throws off are natural algae inhibitors as well.
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Peat is basically just organic matter that hasn't been broken down by microbes into soil yet. Lay down 1/2" sand, lightly pepper top with about 1/8-1/4" of coco or ground up spaghnum peat then cover with another 1" of sand. Very high CEC value and plants like swords and crypts love it. Tannins it throws off are natural algae inhibitors as well.
Very interesting info!!. Think I will do that with 29G after I move. I always have problems with algae in it.
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I did it once before. You really need to saturate the peat before capping, otherwise you get a lot of air bubbles in the peat layer. Also, you should sift if it you plan on using peat from those large bales sold at big box stores and garden centers. Some bales are loaded with sticks. Otherwise, it's a great nutrient sponge and will release tannins if you like the look. Eventually it will break down into a nice loamy dirt layer.

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I am going to get the Peat Pellet Windowsill Greenhouse Kit. Soaking them good before putting them in the tank.
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