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how to make water softer?
Old 11-18-2013, 09:21 AM   #11
 
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lowering the dissolved nutrients and such in the water through water changes is one way, ... are there any other options ?

One other option is to balance out the tank to prevent the build up of nutrients and such in the first place.

Then water changes are irrelvant.

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Old 11-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #12
 
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A lot of good information here!

I have really hard water and high PH at my house and I love soft water fish..

I'm probably the least knowledgeable person contributing to this thread but I do a few things while monitoring my PH GH and KH. I use a Water Softener pillow in my filter for 48 hours to help drop hardness (recharging it in aquarium salt before using it again.) I use driftwood as decor (It looks nice, and helps lower hardness and PH) and I will add a gallon or two of distilled water to my water changes.. Its a little trial and error for me but I have a good routine down now.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #13
 
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Its too late to edit my last post, but I may be wrong on driftwood lowering hardness, I'm pretty sure it lowers PH though. Maybe someone can clarify this for me..
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #14
 
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thank you for all the wonderful advise im thinking im gonna test the ground water and get some peat moss.
i also prefer to slightly overstock my tank since its in the living room and nicer to look at so i do weekly water changes and filter cleaning at least once a month, and it also lowers my chances of having another nitrate explosion!! :) again thank you everyone i really appreciate all the help!!
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