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peat moss under Amazonia II ???

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by PHalas, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. PHalas

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    Planting an emersed 20L W /HC after it grows in I will add water Co2 & EI, the substrate I have is Amazonia II. Is there any need or advantages to putting Peat moss under the Amazonia II ???? .....Thanks
     
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    One Who Bears Fruit Or The Great Fruit

    To one who bears fruit the question of adding peat moss to substrate is a natural.;)

    Warning: I have never used Amazonia II or any other commercial substrate!

    My understanding of Amazonia II is that it reduces pH, peat moss will as well. http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?main_page=afa_product_info&cPath=12_21&products_id=266

    I am one who likes peat moss so I tend to add it to almost all of my tanks. I do not believe it will do any harm and may help. In this case, I would boil the peat moss, save the water and use as ‘black water extract’. Then contemplate the great fruit.

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    Neither have I ! Not certain how long peat moss maintains it's potential to lower PH & assist with CEC, but I have read Amazonia II does not maintain it's PH lowering qualities for too long but does indeed give plants a very good start. Taking that into consideration would the effects of the 'blackwater" be only temporary would adding the "blackwater soup" @ scheduled intervals be a good alternative to Peat moss under the substrate until I submerge the plants permenantly ??
     
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    To Peat Or Not to Peat

    Hi,

    I have found a light covering of peat under most substrates to be helpful; I cannot say I have any real idea as to how long the effectiveness. It does seem to continue to leach into the water for months.;)

    I have actually found peat moss tea a rather effective treatment, additive for soft water environments and it is a lot cheaper than the “black water extracts.” :)

    The other recommendation I would make if you want an enriched substrate is to add some Osmocote under the substrate for slow release nutrients. I am also partial to Tom Barr’s worm poop mixture.:gw

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