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Should I use peat under my eco complete substrate?

Getting ready for my first planted tank venture and was reading that some people use a layer of peat under the eco complete to help lower the ph. I'm setting up a 20gal tank and I have 40lbs of eco.

Should I use a base of peat? If so how much and what kind?

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What's your ph and why do you want to lower it?


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PH outta the tap here is over 7 I think last time I checked it. Not sure why i'd want to lower it I just heard that eco complete raised the ph so since I'm new I thought I'd ask if I should use bottom layer of peat or just all eco. In some readings I found people mixing substrate with peat.
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Just use a very small amount of dried sphagnum peat moss, like a handful, sprinkled across the bottom of the tank. This would be enough to make the substrate more acidic without any major side affects that could cause problems. Don't use peat plates.

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Is this something that is aquarium specific or something I can get at a garden store?
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There's nothing wrong with water in the 7ish range as far as I know. There are certain plants and fish out there that prefer acidic environments. If you really want to specialize in these plants and critters then peat makes a lot of sense. Otherwise, doubt that it would make much difference one way or the other. Whatever floats your boat!


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Just a note, if all you are worried about is the eco-complete raising PH then I wouldn't bother. There isn't anything in there that should affect the ph level. I have 7 tanks...5 with eco and 2 without and all have the same ph.
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Great. Guess I'll just go without it!! Thanks guys
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eco-complete does not raise ph. My water is like yours and comes out at ~7 ph. What happens is that water out of the tap contains co2 which gives a lower reading of ph. when the co2 leaves the water column, ph goes up.
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