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post #14 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 07:29 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Woodstock, IL
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I see no difference between softened water and RO water.

For the life of me I have a BBA problem and cant figure out how to get rid of it. I figured it was due to the high KH in the softened water so I switched to RO for a year long experiment.

I noticed no difference in plant growth and the BBA wasnt phased a bit either. I just switched back to softened water a few months ago with nary a problem (other than the BBA is laughing at me behind my back).

When I used RO water, I remineralized with GH booster and baking soda. Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate so I realize I was reintroducing sodium back into the tank but it was a miniscule amount compared to what was added by the softener.
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