Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: "The Old Line State"
Need a way to Lower Water Hardness
Hi everybody, it's been a while since I posted on here.
Anyway, I'm getting ready to try a planted tank, and I eventually want to keep some Dwarf African Cichlids. I have tested my water, and all of my water parameters are great for dwarf cichlids, except for my hardness (not a surprise, I knew it was hard....darn well water).
My test kit shows a total hardness of about 120ppm (I'm assuming it's measuring GH, it doesn't say on the package). I know that dwarf cichlids do best in a GH range around 3-25 or so.
So here's my question to you; is there any way to soften my water without buying a huge RO system that has to be hooked up to the tap? I was looking around online and I was trying to find a small RO system that could hook up to a small pump or something to just filter like 10 gallons for water changes, but I have had no luck finding any such system. I know you can mix water that is softer to cut the hardness down, but that's not really an economical option for me. How well does the peat moss work for softening water? Are there any other types of gadgets or methods to soften water?
If anybody has some ideas I'd love to hear them.
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