Instead of using peat in the filter, why not use it as substrate? It looks very good if used with talent and its also a good hidingplace for eggs, fry or shrimp...
I like using IAL. I use 3 leaf per water change and it keep my tank the way I want it.
The peat moss is in.
Preparing the peat by soaking in hot water.
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The peat in nylon stocking.
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Water after soaking peat for about an hour.
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Tank before peat.
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Tank right after messing with filter, let tons of in the water.
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The has settled and the water is clear again. Waiting on the peat to cycle into the tank and make blackwater.
I am wondering, what are the benefits of blackwater? Do certain fish prefer it? Is it more natural? What is a good way to put it in your filter? Thank you!
I keep chocolate gouramis in my tank where blackwater is a plus. I have peat in the aquaclear filter running and IAL's, and for water changes I use aged declorinated water that has peat soaking in it and an airstone. So the new water I replace the old water in is tea colored as well.
It does. Since the water I replace it with is already dark. I test the age water I keep in a bucket and it's always way below your PH readings. I credit that to it being aerated it peat days before doing water changes with it.
I have some. I'll do a 24 hour pH test if you like.
Gamer, how much peat do you use per gallon? I want the water darker.