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04-30-2013 02:25 AM
College Station Area Water info?

Originally Posted by bobc4d View Post
it is good to see so many other CS residents here. I just got into the hobby in March, I have a 36g bow front tank

hardness is <25 mg/l CACO3 (very soft water)
the pH run 8.2 - 8.5
alkalinity 300-450
sodium runs about 200 ppm

the temperature of the water out of the ground is 115F and generally runs about 92F leaving the water plant during the summer, 85F during the cooler months. the aquafer is the Simsboro Sands and is 3,000 ft under ground


Thanks for the info.

This is what water looks like in the BCS area. This is from the College Station report or Bryan I forgot. But it doesn't matter. It's all the same even in Wickson.

09-21-2012 02:46 AM
bobc4d it is good to see so many other CS residents here. I just got into the hobby in March, I have a 36g bow front tank

hardness is <25 mg/l CACO3 (very soft water)
the pH run 8.2 - 8.5
alkalinity 300-450
sodium runs about 200 ppm

the temperature of the water out of the ground is 115F and generally runs about 92F leaving the water plant during the summer, 85F during the cooler months. the aquafer is the Simsboro Sands and is 3,000 ft under ground
09-19-2012 08:41 PM
BoxxerBoyDrew Yep a bar of soap should last Yall a year maybe more!

Our water in the suburb of Waco I have lived in for the last 6 years is a bit strange too! Ph is 8-8.8 depending on the time of day, and the Kh is usually 19*+, but the Gh is 2-3*.

But less than 5 miles down the road where we rented a Duplex for 10years has a Ph of 8.2-9, Kh 20*+, and a Gh of 14*+!

I know here in Woodway our water is 100% from Lake Waco, but I guess in Hewitt it is mixed with well water??? Like I said the 2 places are less than 5 miles apart and on the exact same road, even though if ya go left off of 84 it is Hewitt Dr and if ya go right it is Estates Dr.!!! CRAZY

In Hewitt the water was PERFECT for Rift Lake Cichlids, but now when I set up another Rift Lake Cichlid tank I will have to buffer the GH! But at least we OWN (or will in 24 more years!!!) the place where we are now and not just pi$$ing money out the window like we were in the duplex!


p.s. Aggs kicked the he!! out of SMU!!!! WHOOP!!!
09-10-2012 09:26 PM
bpb Doesn't hard water imply that the GH is high? We have very low GH which is why we have strange water. Very soft, but high PH and KH. I've lived here for 12 years. Soap does indeed take forever to rinse. I'm so used to it though. Now when i go to other cities with truly hard water, I feel like I didn't use enough soap because it rinses so fast. Lol
09-05-2012 07:43 PM
c_gwinner The water is very weird to say the least. The water does seem soft when showering or trying to rinse the soap off. I thinks its gotten harder over the years but not real sure. Have lived in College Station since 2003 my freshman year. Had a betta tank in the dorm room and haven't really had a tank since till this year.
09-05-2012 06:41 PM
BoxxerBoyDrew WOW, I am surprised to see yall B/CS folks with hard water reports! My Sister and her Family have lived there since 94 when she started College at A&M as a freshman. I always thought they had VERY SOFT WATER!!! At least it feels like it when you shower or wash your hands! A TINY Drop of soap will take FOR EVER to wash off! Heck you feel like you have soaped up while showering even before you put soap on!!! She started on campus, to apartments, bought a home in Bryan, now is in outer College Station, and water has always been the same!

I am really surprised to say the least!

Either way BEST of Luck with Yalls Plants and Fish!
08-29-2012 09:19 PM
c_gwinner I've had 2 tanks up and running since February and haven't had any issues with the water here. Use tap water for my 20g at home and R/O water for my 2.5 at work. The TDS is high along with KH and pH. My pH dropped slowly without adding anything to it and sitting around 7.8 area. I know its still high for what some people want to do but my RCS love it. Even had some bee shrimp for a while till my fish thought they would make a good snack. Plants all do pretty well, i think most of their issues are from me not having a very green thumb.
08-14-2012 05:33 PM
TexasCichlid Based on your water report, the water looks good. 563ppm TDS is not "incredibly" high by any stretch of the imagination. If you are keeping extremely sensitive shrimp, you might need to use RO, but that's pretty much a given.
08-14-2012 04:53 PM
bpb I've lived here a while, and our water does present alot of challenges. The incredibly high TDS really helps algae flourish. I've been keeping tanks on our local tap for years but recently have switched to about 3/4 RODI when I do water changes weekly now. It took a long time of no water changes for my algae issues to subside. Now with my new water change style it hasn't really come back. Not alot of places can say their tap water has more junk in it than old tank water!
07-28-2012 02:50 PM
PlantedRich I find PH to be a truly overhyped item when it comes to keeping a tank and fish. It varies so much and is so highly talked that it is often used as a reason when there are other things involved which are just as important. I find my tap water PH is above 8 but on fish only tanks, the PH will settle out at 7.4-7.6. When I add plants and CO2 I gradually worked the PH down to running now at 6.5-6.6. If the move is done gradually and the fish learn to deal with it, I find I don't need to worry about the PH. It's all a balancing act and PH is just one small piece of the puzzle.
07-28-2012 04:41 AM
J_Douglas There is a local club, Brazos Valley Aquraium Society, they have a facebook page. I do not know when they meet.
07-26-2012 06:05 PM
RyUGuy Yeah my tap water is 8.5 ph. When I first moved down here from Tyler last year I was not concerned because I never had to deal with crappy water before. The plants I moved down here died pretty much instantly, it was weird I could literally sit there and watch them turn brown . That's when I checked the water chemistry and realized it would not be as easy as I had it. I use ph down and get it around 7.4-7.5
07-26-2012 03:23 PM
PlantedRich I went over and looked at the last report from 2011. There will be another required each year by federal regs. I find nothing obvious to worry about. You may want a water softener but that is pretty normal. High PH (8.5) with lots of limestone for buffering. No contaminants measured. The rest is just pretty normal stuff for underground water. No signs of any type unusually pollution to worry about. It has pretty much the standard warnings about running the water to clear it of copper or lead if you have pipes of that but that is in almost all the required reports. Almost a PYA response whether it is an actual hazard or not.
Whether it will work well for your fish and plants will depend on what you like and do.
07-24-2012 03:15 PM
h2oaggie Bryan posts a new water report every 2-4 years I believe.

Here is 2011.
07-24-2012 03:14 PM
h2oaggie I just moved from Bryan/College Station a month ago. I used exclusively tap water in my planted tank, only adding a little bit of GH booster and Prime. Overall, KH is extremely high and GH is very low. Water is great for a South American tank.
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