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Old 05-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
 
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making water harder

for anyonewho is curious about the details of this build you can check them out here. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...d-tank-100834/

to give a quick summary I am doing a central american biotope tank in my ten gallon aquarium but my tap water is extremely soft. I was given the suggestion to use argonite sand to make my water harder. Does anyone have any personal experience with this?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
 
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this may not be the solution you're looking for but this is what i did. i had extremely soft tap water with off the charts high alkalinity. i drove to next town and tested tap water there, and it was next to perfect for what i need. it was an easy fix except for the drive.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
 
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this may not be the solution you're looking for but this is what i did. i had extremely soft tap water with off the charts high alkalinity. i drove to next town and tested tap water there, and it was next to perfect for what i need. it was an easy fix except for the drive.
Yea that's not what I was looking for sorry. I am looking for a way to chemical change the water to suit what I need. I'm 15 so I can't drive anyway
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
 
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sorry about that. have you checked your alkalinity? it may be too high.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
 
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Unfortunately I don't have a test kit that allows me to test for alkalinity
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:50 PM   #6
 
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i hope i dont jinx you, but sometimes water companys add alkalinity to soften hard water, possibly too much alkalinity. more than i could correct with chems. your local pet store will test for you.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #7
 
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I would recommend reading this Water Hardness and pH in the Freshwater Aquarium

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:43 AM   #8
 
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Hopefully that is not the case! I will make a trip to the pet store this weekend to get my alk tested. If that was high would aragonite sand correct that?
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #9
 
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First thing is to check with your municipal water supply and find out the numbers for the GH and KH/Alkalinity of your tap water. This will not change in the aquarium unless you specifically target it.

The chemicals sold for adjusting water chemistry are not the way to go, and in many cases are far the worst way. Not only will they likely not work (this depends upon the KH) they are adding stuff to the tank that stresses out fish.

Increasing GH is easy (easier than softening hard water) as the article Tazman linked mentions, but first we need to know the numbers.

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Old 05-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #10
 
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Well here are the numbers. I won't be able to get to the lfs this weekend though so I can't give you an alk measurment till next week.
Gh- 30
Kh- 40
Ph- 7
So what is gonna be the best course of action for adjusting the water parameters?
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