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peat as a substrate?

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by catof9, Dec 16, 2016.

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    Has anyone used peat moss as a substrate? I saw it mentioned somewhere on the net but didn't have time to pursue it at the time.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you'd have to cap it with something or media bag it to keep it in place.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you'd have to cap it with something or media bag it to keep it in place.
     
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    Yes, I was planning on useing a mix of 1/2 flourite and 1/2 pea gravel.
     
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    I don't think that mixture would be fine enough for capping... personally.

    you can have a thin layer under that, but I wouldn't chance too much, If you're looking to alter water params with it, vs for growing plants, it can be used in a filter bag in the filter... If you are looking for plants, maybe try dried sphagnum moss, it's less likely to physically get into the water column.
     
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    From what I've read, peat (or soil) is a mess waiting to happen every time you move plants. Pea gravel is so much bigger than fluorite it will end up on top before very long. Mixing different sized substrates (ie sand & anything) leaves a less than pretty mess. If you really want to try it, at least use the same color. White sand (or pale pea gravel) & dark, even small gravel, looks bad IMO.
     

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