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Is Peat bad?

I just replaced all my sand gravel with Fluorite. I decided to skip the peat. I figure that the plants will get enough carbon from CO2. I also noticed that whenever I would move a plant with the roots in the peat, I'd end up with and algae bloom! Granted I did probably have to deep of a pet layer ( .5 inch or so)

So, why do all the experts suggest peat? especially if EI dosing and pressurized co2
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I've always seen peat suggested as a light dusting below the substrate. Nothing to form a measurable layer. In addition to providing nutrients, it also helps soften the water a bit.
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Helps to kick start the substrate by providing organic matter.
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I've always seen peat suggested as a light dusting below the substrate. Nothing to form a measurable layer. In addition to providing nutrients, it also helps soften the water a bit.
I followed a friends advice before finding this great forum! But a light dusting is what i've heard also.
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Helps to kick start the substrate by providing organic matter.
If you use mulm and have a fish load then you should not need peat. Plus, with all the new tank algae problems, maybe its a good idea to examine this thinking?
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