Don't laugh, but I'm done adding peat inside my filter bags
OK...so I'm sure someone has tried thid before, but it seemed to be a good idea @ the time........@ least I wasn't going to harm my eco-system.
I had been doing by-weekly water changes of 7-10 gallons in my 90gal. After a few of these, I did a test and found my general hardness to be 15.
It was ~ 10gh when I set up the tank in FEb. But I also added a measured amount of salt to soften the water. Have not added any since.
Sooooooooooo...I thouht I'd try to soften the water by adding peat moss inside my filter material, which I thought would not leach the peat through. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!! Anywho, my water is tinted with the peat.....I don't mind that, accept that my limited lighting seems to be diminished even more by the cloudy water. My plants aren't getting enough light. Ok...........so my new filter bags came in the mail today, and I tossed out the four bags that were filled with peat. I suspect it will be a while before the water clears....I have the under gravel filter running a tad to help draw the 'fines' out of the water.
Does anyone have an idea on how I can use peat in the tank/filter area without having the water darken from the fines? Is there a cloth or synthetic fiber small enough to work?