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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased Keta-Peat by Marc Weiss a bit back, and I wonder if it can be used as part of the substrate as if it was normal peat? I want to just sprinkle it into the substrate. The container contains at most three cups of product at instructions of: "one cup per 20 gallons."


It contains various things that are not listed very specifically, they are:

Ketapang extract (14 oz per container), black peat, ketapang and oak leaves and bark, herbal and mineral extracts containing fulvic and humic acids, natural vitamins, hormones, trace elements and "enzymic biocatalysts discovered by Marc Weiss in the Amazon and Asian Rainforests."

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 11:00 PM
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It just sounds like regular ole peat mix to me... lots of fancy terms there for "organic"...

Never used it however but ANY use of peat in the substrate should be a very thin layer on the bottom.
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By "very thin" is this where some or alot of the tanks glass bottom can be showing through the layer?
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I want some of the glass to be showing.
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Why would you suggest peat at the bottom as opposed to sprinkled on the top?
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Well if you sprinkle it on top it's going to make a total mess. It's very light, it floats and a single neon swimming around in a 55 gallon tank creates enough current to lift it off the top of the substrate. Under the substrate however it stays put. You should always pre-wet the peat even when using it under the substrate. The reason I like it at the bottom of a tank is it quickly creates the acidic conditions needed to make nutrients available from substrates like Flourite.
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