|PREPARING PEAT MOSS
FOR BREEDING ANNUALS
| It’s hard to imagine processing peat moss for over 40 years and essentially doing it the same way, but it has worked fine and this article will cover how to do it.
You should probably purchase a blender of some sort to keep your wife happy if you use anything except the Jiffy pellets.
If you blenderize the sphagnum, wait until after you have soaked it in water for several days, enough so it sinks to the bottom (or scoop the moss that is water laden from the bottom of the container. Now place this peat into the blender and use a high speed. This should cut up the peat into a usuable size. NOw its time to take a large pot (stew size) and boil the peat for 10-15 minutes to kill off anything that might be in it (which can sometimes include insect remains and even bacteria.
Jiffy peat pellets are already sterilized, and only need to become soaked with water. But boiling the peat does not hurt and helps the peat to become saturated.
Once boiled, it is essentially ready to use as a spawning media. Simply maintain a large bucket or some other container filled with the peat moss and water.
A fine mesh net is the perfect tool to take the final step each time you set up a new container for the breeders. Scoop out a hunk of the saturated peat and run it under fresh tap water until it runs clear. Be certain to stir it up a number of times so you get most of the very fine peat dust out of the mixture. A good rule of thumb is the peat should look a lot like pipe tobacco when you place it in a breeding container (not to be confused with storing peat moss).
You are now ready to start breeding your annual killifish.