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Postby kingaa » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:34 am

Ok my tank has hard water what can I do
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Re: hard water

Postby Carylnz » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:51 pm

About what?
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Re: hard water

Postby kingaa » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:58 am

My hard water I am useing a home made peat filter but its been I'm for awile. Now and I don't think its helping anymore
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Re: hard water

Postby Carylnz » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:40 am

Is it causing problems?
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Re: hard water

Postby kingaa » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:59 pm

Yes I have very high ph and it will not go down because of the hard waters buffering
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Re: hard water

Postby Carylnz » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:17 pm

What fish are you keeping? Often the fish sold locally have been kept in similar water conditions and have adapted. Unless you are trying to breed some fish that require soft water, I would not try and change it.
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Re: hard water

Postby kingaa » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:08 am

Well I am on well water at home so no fish store could be 100% the same not to say the nearest store is about 30 miles out and the one realy like is over 60 miles out and my ph is about 8.4 or higher
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Re: hard water

Postby Carylnz » Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:17 am

That makes things more difficult doesn't it?
I do not know the climate of Indiana. Can you collect rain water? Out in the country it should be relatively free of pollutants. Make sure the roof or gutters don't have any contaminants. Mix it with the tap water.

RO Units (Reverse Osmosis)
These remove heavy metals, minerals, and contaminants from your water source. Use a large Rubbermaid garbage can to store the RO water in or use a food grade plastic container of some sort. You may have to experiment by mixing the RO water with your tap water to get the exact hardness you want. Write down what you do to ensure you can match it every time you do a water change.

Water Softening Pillows
These work well for smaller aquariums, but do not do that good of a job with larger ones. Many pillow softeners can be recharged and reused.

Peat
You said you had been using this and it no longer seemed to be working. I wonder if it breaks down and needs replacing after a certain length of time?

Driftwood
Adding driftwood can help soften the water but I don't think it alone would help with such a high pH.
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Re: hard water

Postby rylo » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:35 am

Not sure what you really want but it's either you have to replace the peat (which is probably expired or exhausted) or you could just add rainwater in order to reduce the hardness.
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