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adrenln 03-21-2009 06:16 PM

African tank hardness???
hi everyone,
i know that there are cichlid salts and bufferes on the market for african cichlid water parameters. however, i use baking soda to raise my ph level....much cheaper! im sure some of you do the same thing. heses my problem though. the water is soft. i need to get it hard. i have the special gravel and some texas holy that dont do anything for it. i would need massive amounts.

so looking strictly at the water, what do i use to make the water very hard? what are you guys using? i read about the calciumand different salts but still confused. take the cichlid salts for example...thjey are prob just baking soda and some kind of salt.

aquarium salt dont work for hardness. i have plenty of that and it does nothing. so what do you use. im not trying to pay top dollar for the cichlid brand salts if i can just marine salt ot table salt to get the calcium or minerals in the water.

if its a major pain to use these other products and cichlid salt is the best way let me know...

thanks everyone!

jen13 03-22-2009 08:14 AM

Try getting a piece of limestone, it will naturally harden your water. Most people try to avoid limestone because it does the job so well but that all depends on the original parameters and how much limestone you add. I would say you would be okay to try this route though ;)

adrenln 03-23-2009 11:37 PM

thanks for the reply. i tried the epsom salt route after further investigation. i have to get a test kit for hardness and ill let everyone know how it turns out

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