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Hard Water and tank maintenance question.

Hi, i guess this is a first post here.

I have hard water as I said in the subject. Not sure how hard because I bought one of the 5in1 test kits and it is pretty vague. The GH looked like it was 300ppm and the KH looked like it was 300ppm when i tested the tank water. Less in the tap water of course, GH was about 150 and KH was about 50 but the results of this test kit are very general. the indicators are in levels like 5-10-40-150-300 so when I say 300, it just looked like 300 on the test strip.

I am lazy but it seems pretty evident that just dumping water in when the tank is making noise is screwing me over. The hard water is getting harder on me and I'm pretty sure the plants hate that. If I added RO water instead of tap water would it keep the GH and KH more level instead of building up? Evaporation is rather pronounced here in the winter time.
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Hi, i guess this is a first post here.

I have hard water as I said in the subject. Not sure how hard because I bought one of the 5in1 test kits and it is pretty vague. The GH looked like it was 300ppm and the KH looked like it was 300ppm when i tested the tank water. Less in the tap water of course, GH was about 150 and KH was about 50 but the results of this test kit are very general. the indicators are in levels like 5-10-40-150-300 so when I say 300, it just looked like 300 on the test strip.

I am lazy but it seems pretty evident that just dumping water in when the tank is making noise is screwing me over. The hard water is getting harder on me and I'm pretty sure the plants hate that. If I added RO water instead of tap water would it keep the GH and KH more level instead of building up? Evaporation is rather pronounced here in the winter time.
The vast majority of plants will do fine in your hard water. Only a few, like Tonina fluviatalis will have problems.

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