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post #1 of 3 Old 07-23-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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I am new on here and saw your post about hard and soft water for your tank. I was wondering what size is your tank, and when you do water changes do you use soft water, tap water, or bring in water? My tanks water has a very high GH and KH levels and I can never seem to find a way to lower them.
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I am new on here and saw your post about hard and soft water for your tank. I was wondering what size is your tank, and when you do water changes do you use soft water, tap water, or bring in water? My tanks water has a very high GH and KH levels and I can never seem to find a way to lower them.
Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, this is quite an old post. You might be better off to make your own topic.

The only help I can offer you with your problem is to buy distilled water and mix it with your tap.

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First, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you join us.

I moved your post from the old thread to start a new one, and sent you a PM.

Softening hard water is best achieved by diluting the water with "pure" water such as distilled or RO (reverse osmosis). Rainwater can also be used if it is safe, depending where you live.

You can read why this works in my article on hardness and pH in freshwater that is in the Freshwater Articles section; here's the link:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/

That will give you a better understanding of what's involved. If you provide us with the hardness levels (GH and KH) of your tap water, we can offer suggestions on how to safely achieve this. Assuming there are fish in the tank, it must be done gradually to avoid shocking the fish with a sudden softening/pH change.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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