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What Does Peat Do?

What benefit does adding a fine layer of peat under a plant substrate have?
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It will slightly lower the pH of the substrate, which is good for the roots of many species of plants, and adds organics/vitamins to the root zone w/out leeching tannins and nutrients into the water column like it would placed in a filter.





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thanks. any difference between the moss and the pellets?
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Depends on the brands in question.

You want to be sure not to get any with additives, you want just 100% peat. You also want actual peat- not fresh spaghnum moss.





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It will slightly lower the pH of the substrate, which is good for the roots of many species of plants, and adds organics/vitamins to the root zone w/out leeching tannins and nutrients into the water column like it would placed in a filter.
does is lower the pH of the water? i'd like to lower mine a bit so i'm looking into natural ways other than CO2.
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does is lower the pH of the water? i'd like to lower mine a bit so i'm looking into natural ways other than CO2.
Yes.


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sweet. how long? or does it eventually rot..
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It eventually decomposes. Since it's organic, and every tank has different water parameters, results will differ from person to person. IME it's pretty effective with pH, though.





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