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Media Bags for peat moss in power filter -mesh size: 800/250microns?

Mike Wise

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5 Year Member
First of all, do not use "peat moss", use sphagnum peat. They are very different. The 800 µ should be fine. I made my own net bags from coarse mesh nylon wedding veil material that can be bought at fabric stores; much less expensive than commercial bags.
 

Mike Wise

Moderator
Staff member
5 Year Member
First of all, do not use "peat moss", use sphagnum peat. They are very different. The 800 µ should be fine. I made my own net bags from coarse mesh nylon wedding veil material that can be bought at fabric stores; much less expensive than commercial bags.
 

curviceps

Member
5 Year Member
Hi Mike

I got some "Pure Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss" - is this the right stuff? And do you need to boil it first to "wet it and get the air out" before putting it into the water barrel so that it is more effective or is this an unnecessary step?

Thanks
 

Mike Wise

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5 Year Member
"Pure Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss" is the right material. You could boil it first, but I don't. I'm not sure what comes from the pot in which you boil the water. And I see no reason to throw out perfectly good peat extract, either. Simply make sure that the water circulates through the moss. I use large rocks to weight down the filter bag over an undergravel filter that uses an air lift instead of a power head. It circulates water through the plate and out the uplift tube. If you use power other than air, simply make sure that the outflow pours over the filter bag.
 

Noddy65

Member
5 Year Member
Hi Curviceps
Ive just moved to Sydney from the west.
Where did you get the peat from?

Regards
Mike M
 
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