Peat filter

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Just finished my peat filter last night and thought it might interest some of you. My goals with this project is to try and soften my water and drop the pH to increase the fertility of my angels and to start keeping more sensitive blackwater dwarf cichlids and hopefully breed them.

The system consists of two 30 gallon basins, a 5 gallon bucket, and a pump.


The basins are connected by a pipe at the bottom



A hole is cut into the lid and the 5 gallon bucket is inset into the lid


Holes are drilled into the bottom of the bucket to allow the water to drain back into the basins after filtering thru the peat. The pipe down the center is the overflow back to the basins, the water drains slower than my 150gph pump adds so it prevents flooding


The bottom 3" of the bucket is filled with pillow batting to keep the peat from going out the bottom


Then 8-10" of Canadian peat moss and more batting on top to keep the peat from floating, peat was $10 for a huge bale at Lowes



Here's a video of it in action


I'll post some water test results tonight, the tests i did last night were very promising maybe to much so :blink:
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ehh replied the topic: Peat filter

That is really cool!
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Rocksor replied the topic: Peat filter

are you using a TDS monitor to see the mineral content between the peat filtered water and your own tap?
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Rocksor wrote: are you using a TDS monitor to see the mineral content between the peat filtered water and your own tap?

Right now I'm just testing pH, GH, & KH but im going to order a tds meter this weekend
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Here's some water tests done over the last 24 hours, hopefully the water will stay stable over the next 24-72 hours

Straight out of tap
pH- 8.4
GH- 8°
KH- 3°

24 hours aged tap
pH- 7.6
GH- 8°
KH- 3°

1 hour thru peat
pH- 6.4
GH- 4°
KH- 2°

2 hours thru peat
pH- <6
GH- 3°
KH- 1°

24 hours thru peat
Same as 2 hours

50/50 mix w/aged tap
pH- 6.6
GH- 6°
KH- 2°
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Is this being pumped into your tanks or are you doing manual WC's?

Wait until you see the colors of the Angels after about a week of being kept in "blackwater".....when I was doing the Discus/Angelfish thing, it just appeared to me that they looked better & were more robust....Oscars love this stuff too. B)

Very cool, BK.

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tehmole replied the topic: Peat filter

that's pretty neat ken ... looks like a easy DIY project .. which i know will take me weeks to figure out ...
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Peat filter

very nice looking, i might copy this setup but go with some larger containers just for ease of use. might fill a small canister with peat and use a 75g aquarium to cycle water in.

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So is the end game having a 50% mix of tap and peat water? Or will you just have it go through peat for 1 hour?
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Darth Nandopsis wrote: Is this being pumped into your tanks or are you doing manual WC's?

Wait until you see the colors of the Angels after about a week of being kept in "blackwater".....when I was doing the Discus/Angelfish thing, it just appeared to me that they looked better & were more robust....Oscars love this stuff too. B)

Very cool, BK.

I'm doing manual water changes, maybe in the new house i might try to implement it into a central sump or auto changer. I can't wait to get the fish
into the new water just need to make sure everything is stable before making that move

tehmole wrote: that's pretty neat ken ... looks like a easy DIY project .. which i know will take me weeks to figure out ...

Lol I know what you mean this project had gone pretty smooth......so far

gorgoroth wrote: very nice looking, i might copy this setup but go with some larger containers just for ease of use. might fill a small canister with peat and use a 75g aquarium to cycle water in.

I considered that but from my research you need a decent amout of peat to really make a substantial difference

Rocksor wrote: So is the end game having a 50% mix of tap and peat water? Or will you just have it go through peat for 1 hour?

The plan is to also have a 55g under another stand to age regular tap then mix it with the concentrated peat water to make 110 gallons of 50/50 mix, by mixing some aged tap i can increase the KH without increasing the pH much and that should allow a more stable pH. Also by keeping the two water sources seperate allows me to mix different ratios and dial in the exact water conditions i want depending on what im keeping
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