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krt
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Location: bedford, virginia

PostPosted: 2007.01.20(Sat)20:32    Post subject: Peat or Black Water Extract? Reply with quote

would it be better to use peat moss or BWE in an angel fish tank?

in case it matters the tank is planted

thanks
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Cathy G
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Location: Wisconsin

PostPosted: 2007.01.20(Sat)21:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Krt,
I've used both. Here are pros/cons of each.

BWE- doesn't effect pH. Does leave a nice tea stain and does include some nice vitamins. (B?) Might be more of a gimmic in terms of what amazon fish really need.

Peat - lowers the pH. Leaves a nice tea color and will definately add great stuff to the water in your tank, some apistos won't spawn w/o it. It also will soften your water a bit. Cons - leaves tiny floating particles in the water column and your water won't look crystal clear. You have to change it every month too.

Hope this helps,
Cathy
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krt
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PostPosted: 2007.01.20(Sat)21:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Cathy. u r indispensable
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PostPosted: 2007.01.22(Mon)16:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great way to lower your pH and soften your water is to collect rainwater. In Northern Virginia, rainwater is pH of 6.0.

I simply put out on the back yard one of those toddler wading pools before it rains. A good soaking rain will give me six to ten gallons of FREE acidic and soft water.

Tap water here is about pH 7.0 to 7.2

55 gallon tank pH is about 6.4 to 6.6

No chemicals -- don't even need to add de-chlorinator.

Weekly water changes are roughly one-third rainwater and two thirds tap.

Angels and rams love it.

Scott
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krt
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)17:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. I'll give it a try
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