Water in NYC - The Planted Tank Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
smoq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 1,211
Water in NYC

I have one question that I wanted to ask many times- as you may now water in NYC is very soft. My question is do you guys add something (if yes, what?) to increase hardness or you leave it without any problems? I personally didn't do anything but I heard people are adding crushed coral to their filter. Thanks for feedback.

smoq is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 03:36 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Qckwzrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 334
Most of my fish like soft water so I leave it, you can add crushed coral to your filter or into a filter bag and add it directly to your tank (just hide the bag behind ornaments or plants). The crushed coral will also raise the ph.
Qckwzrd is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 06:13 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 118
Most plants like soft water, but a few do not. I usually try to raise the GH by a degree or two with GH booster. Then the water is still in the soft range, but should also have enough GH to avoid deficiencies. The best thing you can use to raise GH is GH booster, because its premixed to contain more or less the correct proportions of Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium which are the main constituents of water hardness (GH).

Another thing to keep in mind is since we have very soft water you shouldnt add K2SO4, becasue the the K needs to be in (a not very strict) balance with Ca and Mg in order to avoid Ca/Mg deficiencies. This is especially true with high light/co2/ferts. You should be getting more than enough K from KNO3 and KH2PO4 if you are dosing EI.
bgzbgz is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
smoq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 1,211
Quote:
Originally Posted by bgzbgz View Post
Most plants like soft water, but a few do not. I usually try to raise the GH by a degree or two with GH booster. Then the water is still in the soft range, but should also have enough GH to avoid deficiencies. The best thing you can use to raise GH is GH booster, because its premixed to contain more or less the correct proportions of Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium which are the main constituents of water hardness (GH).

Another thing to keep in mind is since we have very soft water you shouldnt add K2SO4, becasue the the K needs to be in (a not very strict) balance with Ca and Mg in order to avoid Ca/Mg deficiencies. This is especially true with high light/co2/ferts. You should be getting more than enough K from KNO3 and KH2PO4 if you are dosing EI.
I am planning to go the mineralized topsoil way, what would you suggest?

smoq is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 09:49 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Qckwzrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 334
I did the mineralized topsoil and I'm having no problems.
Qckwzrd is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2009, 06:06 PM
Algae Grower
 
SleepySin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 67
Strangely enough, the times that we've tested our tanks for water hardness, it's moderate/hard and we don't add anything at all that should effect that.

Marcin: Let me know how it goes with the mineralized topsoil approach
SleepySin is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-26-2009, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
Wannabe Guru
 
smoq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 1,211
Quote:
Originally Posted by SleepySin View Post
Strangely enough, the times that we've tested our tanks for water hardness, it's moderate/hard and we don't add anything at all that should effect that.

Marcin: Let me know how it goes with the mineralized topsoil approach
Not well man, not well, I still don't have it and still don't have money to buy the kit with soil. I read about worm castings instead of soil, but I need more info on that. Funny thing is that in-line heater and mineralized soil are the only things I am missing to start this one. Well, I don't have rocks yet, but as soon as it gets warmer I am going to a trip somewhere upstate NY.

smoq is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 12:47 AM
Algae Grower
 
SleepySin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 67
Sorry to hear that. Worm castings can be bought by weight through gardening catalogs. One that we receive at our home is called "Gardens Alive!" and they sell castings.

I wish I could sell my castings for $.. haha
SleepySin is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome