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does peat cloud up the water? Should it be rinsed before use?
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I put a very thin layer of Schultz's Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss on the bottom of a new Aquarium. Then I cover this with the substrate. I don't rinse it before I use it using this method.

I've never put some in a small bag and placed it in the filter. I have very soft water and I don't need to do this.

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Depends on the peat and how you use it.

What kind/brand do you have?

Are you putting it into a media bag, or under your substrate?





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substrate, and it's by laguna
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'Fraid I don't know anything about that brand.

You want to make sure it doesn't have any additives at all, is 100% peat. If you're not sure, it would probably be a good idea to soak some in water for 24 hours, then test it.

(Canadian Sphagnum moss, like Left C mentioned, is the best quality.)

I used just a very light dusting under my substrate. You should still be able to see through to the bottom of the tank.

If you do get any tannins, throwing some Purigen in your filter will take care of them if you don't want them.





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IT CLOUDS A LOT, unless you put it underneath a layer of gravel or rocks and you dont have fish that root around in the substrate too much. It will make little chunks of peat float around in your water. If you have an adequate filter
this isnt a problem however i dont so it is
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IT CLOUDS A LOT, unless you put it underneath a layer of gravel or rocks and you dont have fish that root around in the substrate too much. It will make little chunks of peat float around in your water. If you have an adequate filter
this isnt a problem however i dont so it is

I guess I'll stick to flourite. BTW Thanks for the help so far I really appreciate it guys
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It doesn't cloud the water when you use a little bit of Schultz's Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss sprinkled on the bottom of the aquarium and the substrate placed on top.

Many people recommend doing this with a new planted aquarium using gravel, sand, Flourite, etc.

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I haven't noticed any "clouding" per say, but it leaches tannins into the water and makes it yellowish. Kinda cool depending on the look you're going for.
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