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about to introduce peat into my tank

so i'm about to introduce peat into my filter to try to lower my ph and so forth to try to help incourage my dicrosus species to breed.

is there anything i should be concerned with? should i lower my bubble count on my co2?

any and all thoughts would be appreciated.

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No worries Tim. Ive used peat in my filters for 10+ years. Be preparded to recieve some tannins which could help in your high lighting situation. Theyre easily removed via water changes im sure you know all of that tho. It would be a neat experiment for you to see if some of your plants fare better in the dimmer lighting. I have the same situation.

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i was curious about how the plants would do too.
do i have to worry about it messing with the kh and messing with co2 at all?
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Id test your kh first then retest after but the co2 shouldnt be a problem at all. I also recommend not stuffing it in so it doesnt reduce too much flow either.

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If one were to put peat in their filter but also have carbon, would you get the benefit of softer water without the tannins, or would the carbon just cancel everything out?

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Carbon will remove tannins and I use it in my other filter.

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Carbon will remove tannins and I use it in my other filter.
But would the peat still soften the water with the introduction of carbon?

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Yes along with the acidity. the color seems to be the only thing removed.

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Yes along with the acidity. the color seems to be the only thing removed.
Cool, thanks. The water around here is harder than LL Cool J, so I'm always looking for cheap ways to soften it.

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Hard water in NO,LA? weird. Are you sure your test kits calibrated? If so then yes peat in the filter or you can DIY a pvc Canister to run you waterchange (new) water through for about $10.

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do you use a certain amount based on tank size?

does peat lower gh, kh , ph to a certain point no matter how much i use?

how often do i replace it?

does the amount that i replace it with have to be comprable to to the amount that was in there to begin with for stability?

am i overthinking things? is it really just a dump it in and forget it things?
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I cant tell you about gh/kh swing since ive always used it and never put 2 and 2 together on it. Do tell if you see a difference. I change mine about once a month or six weeks. whenever I get around to cleaning the filter. I always just fill whatever the filter will hold and it seems to do just fine. Im sure youll get the hang of it after a try, its super simple. Im kind of a technophobe and dont like to waste time on testing and precision so I just lump it and let it go.

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Yeah, its strange, but the water in NOLA is pretty hard. But 60 miles up the road in Baton Rouge, the water is super soft. And we both get our water from the Mississippi. I know the water treatment plants around here are pretty advanced, but who knows what they're adding to the water.

I use peat in my filter and I can feel the difference between my tap water, and the water in my tank.

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Im kind of a technophobe and dont like to waste time on testing and precision so I just lump it and let it go.
i'm just the opposite. i'm very obsessed with things being precise. i dose ei and just to make sure everything is the same i use a gram scale to make sure that everything is EXACT every time.
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i'm just the opposite. i'm very obsessed with things being precise. i dose ei and just to make sure everything is the same i use a gram scale to make sure that everything is EXACT every time.
The ENTIRE point of EI dosing is that it need not be precise at all. Tom Barr says himself you could overdose, underdose, double dose, missadose, whatever--as long as you keep going and do water changes--you will not have a problem.
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