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Old 11-15-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Peat Granules to help with breeding

Does this work? I have Pleco's and ph 7.4 Gh9 kh5 TDS 260.. Starting today I added 8 tbsp to a bag and placed it in my AC70. Now it's just a waiting game. Anyone try this to help with breeding. Also does it impact nitrates a lot? I have a 90 GPD R/O DI unit but I don't want to go that route so I'm trying this.
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Peat Granules to help with breeding

I know of people on another site I am part of that regularly use this for SA cichlids and other SA species. Everything from Oscars to Rams. In my 125 gallon oscar tank I use oak leaves and alder cones I gather in the fall.
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Will the leaves actually change the Gh?
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The leaves or peat add tannins and some humic acids to the water. This usually causes the pH to drop a bit and slightly softens the water. It can't remove minerals that are already there, it simply adds some a acidic compounds. It can't make a huge difference to the basic make up of the water.

Trying to lower the pH of hard alkaline water can be next to impossible. The hard water minerals, the carbonates, have a buffering effect that strongly resists change, and you may end up having your pH bounce up and down, which is very stressful for fish.

If you need to change the water parameters, best to change the source water. The usual is to put in an RO filter and then remineralize the RO water to suit the fish species you want to raise or keep. Much more reliable, much safer, than trying to make hard alkaline water be soft acidic water.

If you have soft acidic source water, changing it to be hard and alkaline is fairly simple.. as it is with RO water. But the other way around rarely works very well. Of course it does depend just how hard and alkaline your tap water is to begin with.

Since my local water is very hard and alkaline, I chose at the start not to keep fish that must have soft or acidic conditions. I can't put in an RO system, it's an apartment.. and I was not able to lug expensive jugs of water home from the store either.
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