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I just did a test on my water. I am on a well with a softer. I only did the Ph as its what I have. I'll post the others when I get them. The first pic will be straight from the well, the second will be what's gone through the softener (not much difference I don't think). What Ph should a planted tank be? I'll be dosing Co2 with high light as well


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Looks very similar to what I have in Iowa - 7.6ish pH.
You should be fine for most aquascapes.
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If I'm not mistaken you are going to want to bypass the softener for your tank water. If memory serves me the softener replaces carbonates with salt. The carbonates actually provide nutrients to the system.

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Thanks. One is from the hose which bypasses the softener. How about fish? Will this PH make any certain fish not not do well in a planted tank? Discuss?


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Thanks. One is from the hose which bypasses the softener. How about fish? Will this PH make any certain fish not not do well in a planted tank? Discuss?


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Most fish will be fine, discus will do fine as well. The biggest thing is just to keep the ph consistent so you don't have bigs swings in the ph.

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From what I've read the water softening systems intended for home use will not benefit your aquarium and indeed might hinder what you wish to achieve.
As for testing the tap water. I would let a sample sit in a shallow container for a few days and then test the ph. This will give you your true ph value. Most say aquatic plants prefer soft and more toward acidic. However I have several "sensitive" species that are thriving with a GH of 8 and a ph of 7.4
Also if you add co2 this will drop the ph considerably.

I really think most fish will acculmate to what you have when the exception of discus. If you really wish to keep them invest in an RODI. They must have soft, acidic water, with high temperature.
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Need some help with water parameters

Great info and thanks for sharing it. Ok high temps are anything above 80? I'm assuming it's hard to have discuss and baby tears in the same tank?


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