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Old 04-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #11
 
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the calcite - CaCO3 - will raise GH and KH, Ca2+ for GH and CO3- for KH

the MgO in water will form magnesium hydroxide - Mg(OH)2, which raises pH as some of it dissociates into Mg2+ and OH- ions
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:04 PM   #12
 
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That may be helpful, as you (Morkin) need to raise the GH. Have you tested the GH from the well and after the canister?
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #13
 
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That may be helpful, as you (Morkin) need to raise the GH. Have you tested the GH from the well and after the canister?
Not with great accuracy; I tested the water from the canister using a test strip (yeah I know). I am awaiting delivery of my liquid GH / KH kit as the LSF did not stock it. It should be here tomorrow and once it arrives I will test the water both pre and post canister with more accuracy.
I have a well water testing report from a couple of years ago when I purchased the house. This lists the PH as 4.9 but does not mention hardness. The other properties of interest it lists are Iron 0.4 ppm, Manganese 0.04 ppm, Nitrate - <200 ppb.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #14
 
Ok. So I tested the GH and KH today direct feom the well and like you Byron the levels are 0. The canister is adding what little see in the tap water.

I think I am going to opt to fill the tank directly from the well water to gain the lower PH and increase the hardness as recommended.

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