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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Help...can a planted tank be successful on hard well water.

I recently moved and want to start up a planted tank but I've measured the hardness of my water which is over 30 KH and a 25 GH with a ph of 7.6. Anybody have any success using liquid rock like this?
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I don't have well water but I have hard water. My pH is probabyl higher than 7.6 and my tank has been fine. Just make sure you acclimate new fish and inhabitants properly so they don't get shocked.
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Most aquarium plants are not too particular, and will be fine in hard water. You might look into some fish that thrive in such water:
Rainbow Fish
Rift Lake Cichlids
Some others, including some hatchery raised fish from soft water ancestors.

If you want to get into breeding and raising soft water fish then you would have to do something about the water.
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Learn to like african cichlids,unless you get an RO system or can buy RO water from a local wal-mart or something like that...Mine is GH25/kh11..

Tried to talk the wife into africans,but she wants community and plants..we will probably look into getting an RO system installed..
BTW,africans are vegetarians mostly,so only hardy plants will do in your tank,anubius and such,may get away with some java fern...

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Some of the Rift Lake fish are really hard on plants, but there are plenty that are just fine in a planted tank.
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