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my future battle

I'm moving soon to a place where I know the water is hard judging by the precipitate you can get at the bottom of a Brita jug. Anyways, I confirmed my fears by looking up a water report for the city. Here are the values:

Alkalinity 285 mg/L divide by 17.9 kH= 16 (ouch)
Hardness 426 mg/L divide by 17.9 gH = 24 (ouch again)
pH= 7.65
TDS= 619

Currently I have rotala macandra, ludwigia inclinata, rotala wallichi, and cabomba furcata which I'm concerned for. Unless I lower that kH I figure they could be doomed, so if anyone is growing THESE plants under similar conditions please comfort me.

I'm designing a battle plan that includes using Seachem acid buffer (to precipitate kh), an ro unit, and peat straining for some of the tanks where I don't care about the staining.

What else could I use to precipitate out the alkalinity that's commonly available? I was thinking about HCL (muriatic acid) as a possibility.
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