Should I try to lower my GH?
I don't have the room or money to do RO water then remineralize it or I would. My tap is hard well water which is GH: 9, kH: 10, PH 7.5, and nitrate and nitrites both at 0ppm, ammonia .50ppm.
My tank water read out at PH: 8.2, kH: 9, GH took 14 drops in the api test kit and the chart only goes to 12 so I'm not sure on the value of that other than high lol, ammonia: .25ppm, nitrate: 10ppm, nitrite: 0ppm.
It's moderately-heavily planted, 155g, co2 injection, no added ferts aside from osmocote plus root tabs, for fauna it's a community tank consisting of guppies, oto catfish, bronze cories, neon tetras, glowlight tetras, and some other small tetras, some snails and a good size colony of cherry shrimp. I have not experienced any issues with molting or fish dying however I did realize that my snails never get very old/large before dying yet the population never dies off. I was considering adding a media bag of sphagnum moss to my sump in hopes of lowering the GH if it's necessary. I already have a large piece of driftwood in the tank.
Last edited by Rusty Shackelford; 03-03-2019 at 04:05 AM.
Reason: Tested tap for ammonia.