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Peat substrate

so im sort of new to the whole aquatic plants..

i need my pH to be naturally buffered for the fish i have chose. Can i use peat moss instead of soil?
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Peat will not "buffer" your substrate. Buffering means encouraging stability. Peat releases tannic acid into a tank, which will lower water's pH and kH over time.

If you'll tell us more about your tank and livestock choices, we should be able to help you pick out a good substrate.





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Peat will not "buffer" your substrate. Buffering means encouraging stability. Peat releases tannic acid into a tank, which will lower water's pH and kH over time.

If you'll tell us more about your tank and livestock choices, we should be able to help you pick out a good substrate.
Im new to livestock that needs "special" water parameters... So i could be totally way off base here...

But... wouldnt those be the same thing? The only reason i landed on using peatmoss is because everything ive read about having a lower pH has suggested and encouraged the use of peatmoss in the filter. I personally would rather if i can use it in the substrate under the sand instead of taking up room in the filter.

Heres what im going for https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...water-bog.html
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"Buffer" is often used by products claiming to keep ph at neutral, I think that might be causing confusion.

I think the most common way to soften water is to use RO. But it helps to know what ph your tap water is and what fish you want to keep.
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Ok, if your goal is to create a blackwater biotype, then yes, peat would be a good way to achieve that.

Keep in mind though that "true" blackwater biotype won't have many if any sumbersed plants, since the tannins block the light and choke out plants. In the wild, blackwater areas are pretty much limited to emersed and floating plant growth.





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