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peat moss alternative?

the two places in town that have peat moss sell it in large squares and i only want to place a thin layer under a couple of inches of gravel and sand in a 5g cube. could i use spanish moss or something simmiliar?
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spanish moss wont have the nutrients that Peat Moss will. Isn't spanish moss just that long stringy stuff? Peat Moss is more of a soil quality to it.

Your Home Depot or Lowes should carry "Spaghnum Peat Moss" in the gardening area. You tried that yet?

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the local nursery guy said something about "spaghnum"??? moss but i wasn't sure if it would work. would coconut fiber work?
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Peat Moss is a type of Spaghnum moss. So you may want to go back to the store and look at what he was referring to. You may get lucky and see the word "Peat" in there too. Not sure about Coco-fiber.

Here is a link to a picture of a bag:
http://lawn-and-garden.hardwarestore...ss-277319.aspx

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if it doesn't have any peat in it will it still be ok to use?
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Peat Moss is a type of Spaghnum moss
Sphagnum is the scientific name of peat moss (There are various Sphagnum species). Peat is partially decayed peat moss.

Back on topic... why do you think you need peat in your tank? While a thin layer doesn't hurt, I am not certain it will help much either. Peat isn't really nutritious...

Definitely don't use peat moss or sphagnum moss or cocofiber...

Find some mulm from a "used tank" and put that underneath your gravel/sand if you want to jumpstart bacterial activity.


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i thought it helped alot with plants that have roots? i want to set up a heavy planted tank but several of the plants i want have roots, java fern, dwarf anubias, mirco cryp, wristeria are some if i can get away with mulm and root fertilizers then i'd love to do that. i also realy want to use sand but am hearing that it can cause problems.
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Sphagnum is the scientific name of peat moss (There are various Sphagnum species). Peat is partially decayed peat moss.

Back on topic... why do you think you need peat in your tank? While a thin layer doesn't hurt, I am not certain it will help much either. Peat isn't really nutritious...

Definitely don't use peat moss or sphagnum moss or cocofiber...

Find some mulm from a "used tank" and put that underneath your gravel/sand if you want to jumpstart bacterial activity.
Is mulm the stuff that covers your filter (I have a HOB on my 10g) ? Just making sure, I'm kind of a newbie .
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Is mulm the stuff that covers your filter (I have a HOB on my 10g) ? Just making sure, I'm kind of a newbie .
it is all the gunk that accumulates in your filter. basically pure bacteria and bacteria food very nice for starting up a new tank... nearly bypasses the new tank syndrome.

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