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PostSubject: Alder cones, peat balls, leaves   Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:43 pm

Hi all. Been a while.

I'm in the process of a re-design and I'm setting up an amazon biotope (but with a couple of galaxy's Wink) aquarium. It's a 180 litre job with an internal filter- Fluval U4. I'm taking the carbon pads out, and replacing with polywool so as to keep the water dark, and I have LOADS of wood in there, but its all well leached, so I need to 'brown up' a bit.

I've been looking and the cheapest way I can find to do this is with alder cones or peat balls. Does anyone use them? How many should I use in my tank, and how often should they be replaced?

Any other advice/ideas greatly appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Alder cones, peat balls, leaves   Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:05 pm

I've not used them myself but this link HERE tells you how many cones/balls to use there is also a link to Youtube showing more about them.
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PostSubject: Re: Alder cones, peat balls, leaves   Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:06 pm

Thanks....Problem is, all that info is from the people selling them....Is there anyone else who uses them?
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PostSubject: Re: Alder cones, peat balls, leaves   Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:43 pm

I use peat.

Before you add any, I would test your water. You need to think of the color as a side effect as the fish really don't care about that. The peat can change your ph but it will not soften your water like the website claims.
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PostSubject: Re: Alder cones, peat balls, leaves   Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:26 pm

it softened my water a bit, but thats cos my water was hard as railroad spikes.

Took it out when i went RO water though. My pH sits at 6.5 now, with peat it would be less than 6

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