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Thread: Amazon theme with peat moss?

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    Well I'm just gonna put a couple sprinkles in the gravel that is going to be mixed with some laterite. In the filter I'm cutting the pad to take the carbon out, then puttin some peat in and sealing it back up and that should be good to go. Throw a powerhead on, add some swords and vals, driftwood and there you go. The blackwater extract does not stay in that long anyways. I think the carbon takes it out.

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    I never look this far down on the forum, but, I have interesting info to share. I've been keeping a tank with tetras in it for years and years now. I was at the petstore just the other day, and found a bottle of stuff from TetraAqua called, "Blackwater Extract." I talked to some people, looked online, etc., and then bought it and used it just today. From the bottle...

    "Blackwater Extract contains trace elements, vitamins, and valuable extract of peat. It creates an environment similar to parts of the Amazon River and other natural, blackwater biotopes. Blackwater Extract promotes fish activity levels. When added to the aquarium, a light yellow color will appear. blackwater Extract is an excellent conditioner for all soft water fishes included: discus, angelfish, tetras, and killifish."

    Ingredients: Vitamins B2, B6, B12, Nicotinic Amide, Panthenol, Biotin, and Peat Extract.

    Supposedly this will soften the water a bit, and will imitate natural blackwater conditions without all the dirty hassle.

    Seeing as I only added it today, I can't attest to any long term effects, BUT! I will say it did make the water become tinted light yellow/brown. I have not seen any immediate adverse effects to the fish, and really like the color the water has taken on. Hope you get this before you start making huge expensive decisions. This might save you some time/money/trouble!
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    I've used it and it looks good but I'm pretty sure that the carban hook it out of the water in just a couple days. So all I really did was went to walmart and got some padding and rubber bands, cut my filter pad up, filled it with peat moss, covered it and now I have it running. I figure if it works I don't need to keep buying filter pads and the blackwater extract.

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    Please let us know if it works, or if it just makes your water dirty.
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    Well it's been about three days and the water has gotten a nice tanish color to it. So far I'm happy with it.

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    What kind of peat moss did you use in your filter media? Is there a special kind for use in aquariums, or did you just use stuff from the garden center?
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    I just used the same stuff that you get from the garden center.

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