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Old 03-25-2009, 02:17 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:36 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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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.
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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?
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I did the mineralized topsoil and I'm having no problems.
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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
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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.
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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
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