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post #11 of 13 Old 10-19-2009, 11:25 PM
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trial and error for mixture i would say. doubt petsmart would sell gh/kh i had a hard time finding it at petlands even. some stores have it some dont its not one of the easyier to find test's in stores.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-24-2009, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RandallW20 View Post
Your right, I dont know what my KH is. How could I test this? Do they sell KH tests at say petsmart like the pH, Ammonia, and nitrate?

Although....... I don't think ya'll understand. My pH is around 7.5 out of the tap and in my community tropical that has been set up for a year it remains the same at about 7.5 There will be no cycle for it to change.

If I was using RO water and mixing with tap. How would I mix? Or do I just use trial and error til I figure out the appropriate mixture?

If you test your pH before doing the weekly partial water change and it has not lowered from what it was after the water change, and is the same as the tap water of 7.5, then it is a safe bet that your tap water has some degree of carbonate hardness (the "KH" measurement) which is a natural buffer. RO would allow you to treat tap water to remove the calcium and whatever else, reducing the hardness (and pH with it). Some tap water is mixed with the RO water. I've never had to do this, having very soft water out of the tap (zero hardness) so I will leave it for those who use RO to answer if there is a formula or it is trial and error.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-25-2009, 12:46 AM
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Were it me,(and it ain't) I would begin with a 50/50 mix of distilled water and tapwater in a seprate rubbermaid tub. I would aerate the water in the tub and check the pH after twelve hours of aeration. Once the pH was in desired range,, I would use this water for water changes over a two or three week period for water changes. This would eventually make the display tank for the rams ,more to their liking. This will require that you always have a mixture of 50/50 distilled and tapwater mix on hand in the tub, and it should be heated before using for water changes. Rams will not do well with sudden changes in chemistry or temperatures. Do also be aware that not all fish appreciate the water that rams need.
If you are setting up a tank for rams only,then no worries. But if the water you are going to add is to a tank holding fish,, then you need to see that those fish will do well in the newly altered water.
I recommend distilled water only cause it's cheaper than R/O unit or R/O water but both will work. It is important to note as stated,, that you must keep the mixture for water changes consistent. Adding straight tapwater will no longer be a option for water changes.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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