04-30-2013, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Deanna01
Petco didn't have a liquid test kit, alas.
If I mix the water half and half, it is still as high as the test goes. If I mix two parts of softened water to one part pre-softened, I get 60 on the test.
OK, so that would mean that your GH might be in the 180 range, or 10dGHish. Seeing as the strips probably top off at 12dGH (even the liquid test instructions stop there, but it is a drop counting system so it's easily extrapolated) that makes sense that 1/2 and 1/2 didn't work.
That's not terrible, I probably mentioned I have 23dGH...but I didn't already have fish and I've forgotten what you have left so their requirements I won't talk about.
I don't soften our water at all for our use or the fish. if the 10dGH is anywhere close, then, if it were me, I would just shut off the softener (I hate soft water BTW and this is not to be considered a recommendation as to how you should handle your water for human consumption or use as there may very well be reasons that you need to soften the water that I am unaware of).