01-18-2012, 09:39 PM
| || | Water way too hard
Hello everyone, this is my first post and I am excited to finally make the transition from troll to contributor. With that being said, I am preparing to set up my first tank and am having concerns over the hardness of my cities tap water. Due to the nature of it's storage, the tap tends to have an average hardness level of 342 ppm but can get as high as 501 ppm. The breakdown consists of calcium (up to 100 ppm), chloride (up to 90 ppm), manganese and barium (up to 50 ppb) and then magnesium, sodium and sulfate (all up to 50 ppm). This water is extremely hard. So hard that I'm getting nervous as to how I will be able to sustain a tank without severely limiting my options. I surely do not want to buy spring water every time a water change comes around. I was hoping to store a few shrimp and some sort of schooling fish in a 20 gallon. Any ideas? Thank you.