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post #11 of 15 Old 04-17-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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That equates to about 16 dGH. The best and safest way to soften this would be to dilute it with soft water such as RO (reverse osmosis), distilled or rainwater. Once this is achieved, the pH will naturally lower as the aquarium matures. Lots of plants with moderate fish load will allow for fewer water changes, and these can be done with similarly mixed water.

Another method is to buy a RO unit. Costly at first, but long-term it is cheaper than buying water.
Okay cool, I think the best way would be to buy an RO unit, any idea of a good one at a good price? After I get my water to where it needs to be, would my stock list be okay?
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Okay cool, I think the best way would be to buy an RO unit, any idea of a good one at a good price? After I get my water to where it needs to be, would my stock list be okay?
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I've never had to use RO units, having very soft water out of the tap. But other members could probably suggest models. They are very expensive, hundreds of dollars.

RO water on its own is so "pure" there is nothing in it. This is why we add a bit of tap water, to put some mineral in. Again those who have done this are the best to explain.

And yes, with soft water you will have no problems with your fish. Remember, different fish have different needs, so you need to consider the hardness and pH requirements for each species to see if it will be compatible. I explained about the ram earlier.

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I've never had to use RO units, having very soft water out of the tap. But other members could probably suggest models. They are very expensive, hundreds of dollars.

RO water on its own is so "pure" there is nothing in it. This is why we add a bit of tap water, to put some mineral in. Again those who have done this are the best to explain.

And yes, with soft water you will have no problems with your fish. Remember, different fish have different needs, so you need to consider the hardness and pH requirements for each species to see if it will be compatible. I explained about the ram earlier.
Thanks for all the help/info Byron I really appreciate it. Okay, so I will check into the RO Unit. Is a water softener the same thing? My parents-in-law have one so I was just curious if I could use their water lol. You said to mix a little tap water, how much would you say, just curious?

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Thanks for all the help/info Byron I really appreciate it. Okay, so I will check into the RO Unit. Is a water softener the same thing? My parents-in-law have one so I was just curious if I could use their water lol. You said to mix a little tap water, how much would you say, just curious?

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No, a water softener is very different. RO units basically strain everything out of the water. Softeners add stuff in order to affect the chemistry. Some are OK, some use "salts" that cause more problems than they resolve. I know Mikaila has a softener and no issues so maybe she could comment (PM her if she doesn't see this thread).

The mix of tap/RO water depends upon what you have in tap water and what you want in the end. I would do this before adding fish to the tank. Having never done it, I don't know if there is some sort of guideline. Here again, those with experience are the best to comment.

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