Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Belleville, IL, USA
As I said in another thread in the general forum, Im working on a 29 blackwater setup. My water is ph 8, kh 7, and gh 16. Im debating various ways of getting the hardness out, and of course lowering the ph. But since Im only familiar with hard water setups, this is a new ballgame for me. I know the CO2 is going to lower my ph, carbonic acid and what not? But then with the hardness of my water, wont that buffer it to the point of bouncing back if the CO2 supply slacks a bit?
So then I heard peat absorbs minerals out of the water, lowering hardness. Is this true, and if so I wonder how I would ever be able to achive a stable system through fluctuations in CO2 output, water changes, etc.
Sounds like a mess to me, but people do it so it cant be THAT difficult.
Of course I could do DIY co2, no peat, and 50/50 RO/tap or maybe a higher ratio, but it would be nice to not have to pay money for water at a store...that and I dont have much money so a RO system is out of the question at this time.