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Old 09-01-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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How much peat does it take to turn the water yellow?

I've added 200g of Irish peat moss to my 24 gallon aquarium filter and my tank is still clear, not really a piece of tannins seen. I don't have carbon in the filter so I don't know what's wrong. The reason why I'm doing this is because I want to make a blackwater tank using bogwood and peat moss.
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Add dried hardwood leaves and Mopani DW, that will change the color of the water.

If you have a filter pad in a HOB filter, chances are it has Carbon in it. How old is your filter pad?
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I don't have carbon in the filter, but I do have a nitrate sponge, a course sponge and polywool in it. They've been there for many months now, besides the polywool, which I changed regularly.
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When I had peat in my filter, it didnt really change the color of my water. It did, however, leave a fine layer of "dust" on all my plants and rocks (which is the main reason I removed it).
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Have you checked your pH to see if it is a little different than when you started?
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Add dried hardwood leaves and Mopani DW, that will change the color of the water.

If you have a filter pad in a HOB filter, chances are it has Carbon in it. How old is your filter pad?
Maple leaves does wonders. I used it when I bred GBRs.
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When I had peat in my filter, it didnt really change the color of my water. It did, however, leave a fine layer of "dust" on all my plants and rocks (which is the main reason I removed it).
Oh and NOW you tell me! That's the only thing it did to my tank too! It just left loads of dust particles everywhere and just made the water cloudy it didn't turn it yellow or whatever.
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Maple leaves does wonders. I used it when I bred GBRs.
Do you need to prepare them before adding get it? And how?
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Peat is supposed to help lower the pH of the water. I have a really high KH though, so it didn't really have much effect for me. Another reason I took it out.


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Do you think bogwood would do a better job at doing it? And did you still manage to bring your pH down and how? Or would autumn leaves do a better job than peat?
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Do you think bogwood would do a better job at doing it? And did you still manage to bring your pH down and how? Or would autumn leaves do a better job than peat?
I would do both. Just go outside to somewhere that isn't treated by chemicals and grab a handful of leaves from a hardwood tree. Bring em inside and drop them in.
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