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So I'm setting up a no tech bowl next to my 15g and gonna be using some organic dirt have on hand, its from EB stone with a pool filter and cap. Dirts been mineralizing but I'm not sure if I should add peat moss into the dirt or just try it out the way it is first. What are advantages of adding peat?

My water has a high pH and right now I can't get an ro system. Yet... Haha
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People use peat to lower the pH and soften water (if you're keeping fish that like water that way), and also to fertilize the plants.

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My water has a high pH and right now I can't get an ro system. Yet... Haha
If you want to experiment, a nano tank is the way to do it. You could buy a gallon of distilled water at the grocery store for a couple of bucks and use that to fill your bowl.
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I have plans on buying an RO system but for now Ill just settle with getting 1 gallon jugs for the bowl. Once I have some other items that need taking care of I can look for an RO system. Sphagnum and peat moss are pretty much the same if I'm correct?

Just need to buy a few plants, hopefully this weekend and I'll be able to plant.

Any idea on what I should stock? Im gonna put MTS in the tank to help with removing air pockets in the substrate but wheres the fun in a tank full of snails? I'm leaning towards a very small moss carpet in front followed by staugoryne? or parva/pygmy chains then more crypts and most likely rotala in the back. Think some cherry shrimp would do well? I want to get a colony establishe so I can introduce them to my community.


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Here's an article from Diana Walstad on keeping shrimp in one gallon bowls. She posted a link on one of the threads I was reading but darn if I can find it. Anyway, it's available via Google search.

http://www.bookmasters.com/marktplc/00388Shrimp.pdf

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Distilled water is too pure, don't get that. Get drinking water.


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I do plan on dosing some ferts when needed, I have flourish trace, If I get distilled water will adding that make it suitable for pants. I want to switch to ro because the pipes in my apartment are horrible so who knows what's going on my water, I wanna have more control over that.

So I went and got pool filter and from Leslie's and the lady guessed it was for a fishtank haha. Unfortunately the bag split at the bottom so there was a mess to clean up, I did manage to save most of it. It was $10 for a 50lb bag so I'm not too worried. Different story if it was a bunch of aquasoil.

That's definitely an interesting read. Seems like she's actually had success. Now if only my neighbor would take his loaches back so I can get shrimp in my other tank.


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You'll need a remineralizing supplement if you use RO water or distilled water.

Something like Flourish Replenish.

Or SaltyShrimp.
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