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For any in the Boston Area, I've finally got the correct readings on the water out of the tap.

Straight out of tap:

pH 8.9-9

GH 2

KH 3


After 12 hours:

pH 7.9

GH 2

KH 3

Somebody told me that the water department adds some type of peroxide to their water that initially affects the pH, but after 12 hours out of the tap, disappears.

Weird. I should call them and find out what they put in the water.

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I would be interested in knowing what they use to raise the pH a full point.
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:shock: That kind of pH can be a perfect fish killing machine...
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My LFS guy said that he thinks they treat the water with hydrogen peroxide.

I don't know enough about water treatment to take a stab at it.

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That's interesting. I did some quick searches and found that some city water does have hydrogen peroxide added in. Apparently, it will reduce your pH and it will also remove iron and hydrogen sulfide from you water. Additionaly it also makes the water smell and taste better.

I was under the impression that hydrogen peroxide was bad for you to ingest.
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By the time it gets to your tap water it has already done it's job and the only things that remains of it is water and the oxidized compounds. It is a very unstable molecule.

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