06-05-2012, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
The issues with peat are the tannins discolouring the water, which some don't mind but others do; but moreso it has to be continually replaced. The peat will "wear out" as it leeches tannins softening the water. The time depends upon the initial hardness, the amount of peat, and the degree of GH you want in the end. And it is not cheap, if you are using lots of it.
The best way as I said is to dilute the tap water with some form of pure water. Depending where you are, rain water can be used. Or consider a RO unit. Long-term this may be less expensive than buying water, plus you will be able to have a steady supply without running out.
Thanks byron, I think the pure water mixture will be the solution as it appear to be less expensive and not as high maintenance.
I got home and tested a "Acadia Natural Spring Water" Bottled water with the Nitrate test.
I shook the regent to for 2 minutes. I got a result of 3-5ppm in the bottled water.
It is not zero, but its below 5ppm which I have never seen.
So my test could be giving me heightened nitrate results? The kit is not expired. I made sure of this.