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post #11 of 12 Old 05-27-2008, 10:08 PM
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I have been thinking all day about your problem, and if you're up to experimenting with water testing, there might be 1 other long term solution that is cheaper than the chemicals, and much more natural.

Try using distilled water mixed with your tap water... it will take some testing to see how many parts distilled to how many parts tap, but this would be just as safe provided your tap water is giving you reasonable readings. Distilled water is much cheaper than the chemicals, and there is less chance of "messing something up" while using it... just don't use straight distilled water. Distilled water doesn't contain the mineral content that your tap water does (it doesn't contain any at all, the distilling process removes everything) and your fish need some of that mineral content... so mixing it will simply dilute your tap water.
Keep us posted!

Dawn Moneyhan
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Juneau, WI
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-15-2008, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, I just saw your response. I was thinking about distilled water as well. However, I have VERY low kh and gh in my tap water, so I'd still have to add something to bring that up anyway.

I'm having a lot of luck with the treatment. Mr. Puffer is very happy and lively these days and my water has been quite stable. I bring the kh up to 7 and my pH down to 7. The kh has remained very stable in the tank and my pH drops to about 6.8 in between water changes because of my co2 injection, which I am quite satisfied with.

Yesterday I brought home about 25 *giant* pond snails from my LFS as they got a plant shipment in that was particularly infested. Mr. Puffer has been alternating between hunting and napping for the past day!
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