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I just got my hardness test kit, & after checking to make sure the regeants had plenty of time before they expire, I tested dKH 11, &, having to do it twice because it went off the chart, dGH 16, which would be 285.6ppm. So, I will be using nothing but rainwater & R/O water, once I get the thing cycled in. I'll have to buy the R/O water from Mr. Aquarium until I can save enough for an R/O unit. Man this sucks! This continuous drought we've been in has just ruined Lubbock water --- I remember when it was soft water back in the 70s & 80s!
Last edited by Keleborn; 09-11-2013 at 03:52 PM. Reason: Add text.
What plants and fish are you going to be keeping? 100% rainwater/RO water might be unnecessary and more than that a problem. The list of plants that will be fine in ultra low hardness is rather small. Most of us on here that have soft water have to harden it a little for the plants.
Day 15. Morning. Woke to find the electricity shut off to the plug for my tank. There's a short in the wiring of the plugs in my office I have to find & fix. I've bypassed it for now. Temp was down to 82, so it had been off for several hours, as that's the room temp of the office. I'm going to have to get a chiller to keep the temp down to 80 on the hottest days, if the air circulation system I'm going to build into the outside stand that will hold the overhead lights doesn't take care of the problem --- it should. I'm working on the design in Blender, along with the design for my sump. I'm not that good at Blender, yet, so it takes me plenty of time to work on that, so I don't get too anxious waiting to get the tank cycled, lol. The plan for fish is 5 Blackfin Corys, 10 Black Neons, 10 Cardinals, & a pair of German Blue Rams. I want to get a system working that will keep the pH & hardness down to 5, which is going to cost me a lot of money, as well as time. I'll settle for 6, if that's the best I can do with what I've got. Obviously, the system will have to have a means of adding to what the rainwater & R/O water doesn't have, but that's just design details. I've kept aquariums off & on my whole life, & I'm no longer interested in just settling for what is cheap & easy. Time to try something seriously difficult. The fact that the West Texas Drought has made things more difficult, just drives my determination to overcome the problem.
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What I really fear right now, is the fact that Lubbock is in Exceptional Drought --- the highest drought level. If we don't get some relief soon, the local government could shut Mr. Aquarium down, as well as the aquarium sections of all our other pet stores, as well as putting us all on water-rationing, making it near impossible to keep an aquarium going. Really rough on the people who have multiple tanks. We already have 30 towns that are bone dry, due to frakking using up even all their city water, & our state government has given the frakking companies a free pass to keep sucking towns dry --- the gas being produced & sold overseas, rather than being used to reduce US prices, is all that matters. The state government feels those who are now without water can simply move to another state. The fact their properties are now worthless, making them broke, is tough!
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