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Has anyone tried Coir brick coconut husk fiber

I accidentally came across Coir brick it is fiber from coconut husk. It has a neutral PH. Can this be use just like peat moss and would not harm the inhabitants?
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I had bought matts of dwarf baby tiers grown on coconut fibre matts

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You need to soak, break up the brick, then repeatedly rinse the coco fiber. It often has a high salt content when sold in bricks. You're better off buying pre-rinsed, aged, shredded coco fiber. This form much closer approximates peat moss. It's biggest advantage over peat moss is that it breaks down slower---maintaining pore capacity---and has a closer to neutral pH. Not sure the extra expense is worth it in a planted tank imho.


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You need to soak, break up the brick, then repeatedly rinse the coco fiber. It often has a high salt content when sold in bricks. You're better off buying pre-rinsed, aged, shredded coco fiber. This form much closer approximates peat moss. It's biggest advantage over peat moss is that it breaks down slower---maintaining pore capacity---and has a closer to neutral pH. Not sure the extra expense is worth it in a planted tank imho.
Actual peat moss takes centuries to break down. It's not very sustainable because of how slow production is. You can use coco fiber for softening your water but I wouldnt use the brick form. Also recommend just getting the peat they have in garden departments


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