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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2006, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ok no one said my tanks will look like it has a layer of Mr. Hanky on the top of it.

I set up a 10 gallon to hold the plant bulbs I bought to put in my goldie tank and my goldies promptly stripped their leaves so I set up a small tank to

1.Make small mistakes instead of 55 gallon mistakes.
2. Because I cant wait till I buy my lights and had to plant something now.
3. Because the 10 gallon was free and who doesn't like free.

so I set the tank up last night I had a layer of peat moss about 1/4 inch and a layer of inert black sand with some cobalt blue rocks mixed in. the rocks are in there because I need something better than a litter scoop to get all of them out. at first every thing was ok I was using water from my goldie tank because im sure it as lots of dissolved goldie waste and on my second trip I noticed that bubbles were coming up from the sand third trip the peat moss is floating on the top and the water looks light brown with particles of peat moss floating everywhere. I let it sit last night and scooped off most of it this morning
When I set up the 55 I want to do it right is it worth it to use peat moss at all or should I just rely on dosing the water column which I plan on doing anyway?
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a few things...

1. use a plate, bowl, saucer, etc. on the substrate to diffuse the water as you pour it in... it won't kick up the substrate, esecially if you're slow and gentle.

2. the peat is supposed to be a very thin layer on the bottom plate of glass in your tank, not "mixed" with anything, sand, gravel, or otherwise. you then cover it with the rest of your substrate, sand, gravel, etc...

3. peat and water column fertilization are really not intended for the same purpose. peat is used as a thin bottom layer to acidify the substrate, making it more hospitable to the bacteria and chemical reactions beneficial to the roots of your plants. water column dosing is a way to get the nutrients needed by your plants to your plants. the only other method for doing that is using a nutrient-rich substrate, such as soil, or adding substrate fertilizer tabs which contain the macronutrients and/or micronutrients needed by your plants.

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I used a plastic cup i cut in half will make sure to use a plate or bowl next time. i didnt mix them together i put sand and stones on top of the peat moss will use a thicker layer next time.
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you do mean a thicker layer of gravel, right? a thicker layer of peat is asking for trouble the most common description is "light dusting".

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Also wet the peat before putting the gravel over it, you can get away with a think layer if you do that. For low tech tanks people use thicker layers.


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Thanks all for your help try number 2 went much better this tank is just for me to hone my skills that way I know what not to do when I set up my 55 then eventually build a large tank.
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