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Getting Eco-Complete tomorrow, wait for peat moss or not?

Will this substrate be acidic enough or should I test my patience and locate a nursery to get peat moss?
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Any garden store or home improvement store will have peat moss.
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Big Al's was out of eco complete, so with my child like patience I grabbed what they had - flourite.
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you don't need peat with eco IMO
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you don't need peat with eco IMO
and why not?

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Ended up getting some peat "pellets" that went into the canister filter. Anybody ever use these?
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I use them now ... after 4 days I haven't noticed any affect in ph or hardness

I have one basket completely full of them, and I'm kinda disappointed thus far, but maybe it just takes a little more time

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and why not?
with my low KH i didn't use peat. Eco has enough nutrients and I didn't need my kh to go lower than 0-1. With my growth, I can't see how peat would have made a difference IMO.
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Well, you got one of the best substrate out there, im using flourite and all my plants are happy but you have to wash it though

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Well, you got one of the best substrate out there, im using flourite and all my plants are happy but you have to wash it though
mine jsut will not grow in that junk..
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why?,,,,,,

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Tank PH is at 6.0 right now with unwashed flourite and peat pellets in the canister

I've never dropped indicator in the tube and seen yellow before!
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IMO flourite is a better substrate, I have both and the eco is a PITA sometimes, unless you don't care about sucking all you substrate up when you gravel vacume...Plus flourite seems to hold the plants down MUCH better than my ECO.

I am however getting another bag of Eco anyways lol. but not from my LFS, they charge $30 for it!

Nice not having to rinse it though, but I tend to do a water change after I put it in because it clouds up so much.

I don't use peat with my substrates either.
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Cool where to buy?

You say not at the LFS because it's $30... I am just getting started and have pea sized gravel for the most part but thinkin of gettin this new substrate if I need it. However I saw it today at my LFS for $25 a bag also. Is there a good place to get it for a nice price? Also for a 55 gal how many bags do I need cuz I'm on a budget for now? Probably the wrong place to post this but worth a shot. Thanks alot guys really enjoying your forums. Everyone very helpful

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You can get regular gravel at Home Depot, Lowes, or a pool supply place. Sometimes it's $30 for 50, 75lbs.
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