12-18-2012, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
No, you do not want hard water fish as there is no calcium and magnesium, and calcium in particular is essential for hard water fish (livebearers, etc).
As you can use pre-softener water [if memory serves me correctly from this thread] you can mix some with the softened water. The level will depend upon the fish species. If you go with soft water fish a GH around 5 to 10 dGH will work, some fish will be happier at 5, so again species determine this. Also live plants must have GH no less than 4 dGH or they will not have sufficient calcium.
I cant use pre-softened water because of the orange color and rust, the filters that I did try did not effectively remove all of it, the water was still coming out orangish and quite cloudy. Is it possible to use my current softened water and add a calcium supplement to make some soft water fish and the plants happy? Maybe a grp of 7 or so ember tetras although my PH is higher than the recommended 7 or below for them...
Last edited by loveguppies; 12-18-2012 at 11:43 AM..