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post #6 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:08 AM
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All my water goes through a water softener. Like you, I have no bypass valve. The water softener runs on no rust stain salt.

My Kh/GH is zero but my ph is high and stable. I use GH boost to buffer my GH and add additional magnesium (espom salt) with each water change.

All my plants are doing great - sword, crypts, tiger lily, java fern, val's and the floaters. I recentally added stem plants and they are taking off.

I did buy a test kit for kh/gh to keep an eye on things but I find the plants tell me when things are off. They recently were showing magnesium deficiency and thus I add the magnesium. My snails were showing calcium deficiency and I added supplemental calcium.

I'm a newbie so I don't know if this is necessary...but I would think a test kit would be informative. Then watch your tank and see if deficiencies show up.
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