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How does one use peat?

Seems like by now I wouldn't be so green.
Someone advised me to put peat under my Flourite.

How much should I use in a 75g?
Is one brand better than another?
Anything I should know?

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You use peat very sparingly.

Sprinkle it very lightly on the bottom of the aquarium before you add the substrate. You want a very thin layer. So thin you can still see some glass under the peat.


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About 2 cups would work...
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Thank you.
I am doing this switch while leaving the fish in the tank.

Forgive me for being so dense...
Should I still go ahead and do it with water still in the tank?
What are the advantages of using the peat? Disadvantages? Am I liable to cause algae problems using this? What happens if I don't use it?
You aren't talking about garden center peat? Or the kind used in filters?

I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your patience.

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You can't add peat to a filled tank. It'll just float and make a huge mess.

There are two main uses of peat. Substrate acidification and water softening. You add it to the tank differently according to what your end goal is.

In a newly set up tank it is added below the substrate to add some acidity which will speed up the bacterial colonization of the substrate. Like Mike says, you just dust to bottom glass then cover with your substrate.

If your goal is to soften your water (for breeding fish) you would typically add it to you filter. Various manufacturers sell ready-to-use bags of peat just for this purpose.

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Ohhh.
Well.
So much for that.

I just did not feel good about taking out the fish during the switch.
The first two sessions, I scooped out all the Eco.
I have the next 4 days off, so I hope to finish getting it nice and clean.
The Flourite should be here in the next day or two.
I cringe at the idea of catching my fishlets (12 or so otos & cardinals and 5 little loaches) just seems so stressful for all of us. And then keeping them in a bucket during the process, I can't imagine not losing some of my friends doing it that way.

So.
Injecting Co2 keeps my pH at around 6.6. Is that what you mean? Should the plants do ok with just the Flourite? Yes?

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Ohhh.
Well.
So much for that.

I just did not feel good about taking out the fish during the switch.
The first two sessions, I scooped out all the Eco.
I have the next 4 days off, so I hope to finish getting it nice and clean.
The Flourite should be here in the next day or two.
I cringe at the idea of catching my fishlets (12 or so otos & cardinals and 5 little loaches) just seems so stressful for all of us. And then keeping them in a bucket during the process, I can't imagine not losing some of my friends doing it that way.

So.
Injecting Co2 keeps my pH at around 6.6. Is that what you mean? Should the plants do ok with just the Flourite? Yes?

You guys are worth your weight in gold. I really can't tell you how much I've appreciated your input.
The pH of the water isn't important, as long as it is in the right ballpark - 6 to 7.6 - but KH can be important if it is changed too rapidly. TDS is also possibly of more importance than pH. Meaning: yes a pH of 6.6 is just about perfect.

OK, now to the important part: 180 lbs, times 16 ounces per lb, times about $400 per ounce is $1,152,000. But, we have a special on today! 20% off!

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