Peat moss, undergravel filter plates, and Fluorite
I'm overhauling my 29 tall, and I've decided to set up my substrate and do it right this time. I've got some ideas I would like to run by you guys:
I've heard a layer of peat moss from Home Depot under the substrate helps buffer the hardness. Are there any other good reasons to put this as the bottom layer? Are there reasons to put other things as the bottom layer instead?
I bought an undergravel filter (which I can return if needs be - I haven't even opened the package yet), with the intent of putting the plate underneath everything in the event I ever decide to use it and don't want to tear apart my entire tank to hook it up. Is this just a waste of tank space? I've heard some use the UG plate as an anaerobic bacteria trap as well, but that would send off alarm bells about potential hydrogen sulfide gas eruptions. Thoughts?
10 gallon acrylic fw planted. 6 neon tetras, 1 GBR, 3 Amano shrimp, 2 nerites, 1 BNP, Eheim Classic 2211, Finnex Planted+ 17W LED, Hydor ETH 200W In-Line Heater, InkBird temp controller.
10 gallon aquaponic setup, hydroponic basil, 8 HET rasboras, RCS, red ramshorn snails.