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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Concrete water...

So, I moved (AGAIN), and this new place I'm at has liquid concrete. I can't tell the gH, I'm going to run a sample to my LFS here when I get the chance, but the kH is at 18. My gertrudaes seem just peachy in it, and the RCS seem fine, but they are not breeding.

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what plants and fish would work in such hard water. I'm not a fan of cichlids (and I only have a 29g, so I doubt they would work anyway). I want to work with my water, but if I have to, I'll revert back to the RO world that I'm just *sooo* fond of.

I tried to look this up, and I couldn't find any good suggestions. Anyone have any ideas? I need some inspiration...

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there are known natural products that can soften water. peat is one of them but it will also tint ur water if u use a lot and lower ph
i believe coconut fibers can soften water
water softener pillows work by exchanging ions and absorbing magnesium and calcium
of course there is RO

Rainwater may also be able to help you with this aspect as long as its not polluted.
maybe you could build a rainwater catch basin

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I forgot about tannins. I have to unearth my IALs from the move... I'd rather not mess with softener pillows (softened water has given me troubles in the

You gave me an idea: I will cut the water 50/50 with RO, and throw some soaked IALs into the mix. The tannins released from the soaked leaves shouldn't create too much blackwater, and the fish and shrimp seem to really like them anyway. That should help to bring the hardness down to an acceptable level, while the IALs will help buffer it.

Unfortunately, due to my northern climate home, rain barrels are a no go until next spring. I was planning on saving my pennies and getting a couple

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