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Where can I find peat moss? Or basically peat?

I am planning to grow plants that need a acidic substrate and I have eco complete substrate, 2 inches. I am also planning to do a rescape so I can have 3in of substrate and plant rearrangements, so that means I'll can add peat moss on the last bottom layer of my substrate? from above will be eco-complete...say would 20lbs of peat moss will suffice? Or is that way too much? 10lbs of peat then? A link to where to buy this peat will be greatly appreciated.
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its easy to find at home and garden type places, home depot or plant nurseries.

just make sure it is natural stuff, with no chemicals added.

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ireland, they have big bogs of it lol
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It's called Canadian peat=organic.
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WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot... I most recently saw some Schultz canadian peat moss at WalMart.

You don't want to use much at all- a VERY light sprinkling, you should still be able to see through it to the tank glass. Use too much and you'll end up with a plummeting pH, tannins, and green water.





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You just need a handful or two of peat, not pounds of it.

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lol a weapon for disaster for my 60 gallon..... Say would eco complete just suffice well enough to grow acidic plants anyway?
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Does your eco complete have a lot of white pieces in it? I myself just bought 8 bags of the stuff it looked pretty good throught the bag but when I opened it I found lots of peices of shell and crushed coral. I spent a few hours and picked as much of it as I could. Also it was not gravel but almost the same size as my flourite black sand.

When I put it in the tank and filled it my ph went up more than .5 there was a sprinkling of peat under neath it so i did lots of water changes and now its back down.

From what I hear every batch of eco complete is different.
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WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot... I most recently saw some Schultz canadian peat moss at WalMart.

You don't want to use much at all- a VERY light sprinkling, you should still be able to see through it to the tank glass. Use too much and you'll end up with a plummeting pH, tannins, and green water.

So the Schultz Canadian peat moss will work? Looking to lower the pH in my CRS tanks.



Yes, I know about ADA AS but I still want to use peat.

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I have used it two ways. One, in a micron bag in the filter, and the other way I am presently doing is: I placed a couple good sized handfuls in a 5 gal bucket with water, let it soak a couple days, take a container{I use the clear one that comes with a cut pineapple}, place paper towels over the top, pour the peat and water through and let it strain out through. What you are left with is a 'tea' colored liquid, which I add to the tank during water changes.
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lol. Called Lowes. They don't carry any organic ones, neither does Home Depot. Wal-Mart doesn't have any in...at all, or so they say.

What the...?
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I got mine from a very old, very nice nursery.
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lol. Called Lowes. They don't carry any organic ones, neither does Home Depot. Wal-Mart doesn't have any in...at all, or so they say.

What the...?
Walmart gets rid of their garden stuff in august.
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So the Schultz Canadian peat moss will work? Looking to lower the pH in my CRS tanks.



Yes, I know about ADA AS but I still want to use peat.

Sorry for the threadjack.
I have a bag of Schultz Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss which is different from your picture.

I got mine from Home Depot.

http://shopping.mytelus.com/shop/pro...d_5025414.html

http://wholesale-garden-supplies.com...?productid=803

I can mail you some if you don't won't to buy a whole bag.

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