02-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Christople
I don't have a accurate hardness but last time i tested with strips it said 4 dgh. Mywater is not too hard i can tell because it doesn't coat the area where water evaporated in a white residue as it did at another house
You can find out the hardness from your water supply people. Some have a website with the water analysis listed, or they can tell you directly; it is public info.
If it is 4 dGH, that is low enough that in the aquarium the pH will gradually lower (with fish of course). Once that occurs, it would be easy to maintain it around 6.5 with minimal water changes. Initial use of peat would get it there quicker. I still can't say how much you would need since I've not used it myself, but this shouldn't be difficult.