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This is a discussion on Boredomb's Planted Tanks within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by thekoimaiden If you're on city water maybe you should call the water works. I know I've seen my city water change ...

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #241
 
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If you're on city water maybe you should call the water works. I know I've seen my city water change GH a few times, but it was +/- 1dGH and that was because of very heavy rainfall or prolonged drought. They might have some answers about the ammonia reading, too.
Yeah I am on City water.. When I go pay the bill I will ask about it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:14 PM   #242
 
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I don't worry about water changes and the GH. I'm sure I have this occur. I have near-zero GH and KH in my tap water, and I use Equilbrium to keep the tanks around 5 or 6 dGH. At the weekly water change, when I have tested, GH is say 5 dGH. I remove half the water and replace it with zero GH water, then I add "x" amount of Equilibrium to raise the GH. I've frankly never bothered to test GH subsequently except just prior to the next week's water change, when it will read 5 dGH. So I know this is stable as I did this testing for several months with never a variance except for the times I may have addedd less Equilibrium deliberately and the GH did lower to say 4 dGH the following week.
Ok well thanks for the help! I had my wife pick of some conditioner that will handle ammonia on water changes today as she had to go to the pet store anyways. I will keep this in mind as far as the leaves go. As I have had driftwood in a tank and it never affected my hardness before. So maybe both in a 10 gallon was enough to cause the drop. I also plan on in the near future buying a new test kit as I didn't know they would go bad. :-/
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #243
 
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On a different note My worm cultures came in today!
I got the containers and media all made up and the worms are in there now. So YaY!
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #244
 
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http://www.clevelandutilities.com/im...LITY/WTRQ2.jpg Here is a water report from 2011 (the last one they had posted)
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #245
 
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Ugh!! I thought I would go ahead and call my water company and find out the GH of the water. Well I got through to the persons office and I wad in the process of leaving a message and my phone messed up and now the office is closed. LoL stupid phones!
I will call again tomorrow and see if I can find some numbers on the parameters from them
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #246
 
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So The guy manage to still get my message.
The city tests by Calcium carbonate? I think is what he said and the average is normally around 140ppm. So that would be 7.8 The 2011 numbers were a little higher then they are now so that's the difference.
With that said my test kit is still reading about right then.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:40 PM   #247
 
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Ok soo with a lil more detail
140 is the average. The high is between 162-178ppm

The real ...... is if I lived on the other side of town. My water would be 48ppm (3gh). Ugh!!!!!!!!!
That's just sooo un-cool that's its not even funny!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #248
 
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Can you get some pictures of your cultures up? I'm looking to start cultures and I'm trying to get some ideas about storage/feeding :D
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #249
 
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Yeah I can do that tomorrow as I am at work now and I don't get off till 2:30am
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #250
 
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But even where your water is now (without the highs) there are still a good many softwater fish you can keep. Also having 3dGH water isn't that great for the plants... take it from experience.

Either way, glad you got it figured out! Now let's hope those badis love their live food!!
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