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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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new tap supply/questions?

I just moved into an area which I am quite sure has treated soft water. The town office is Jamestown Soft Water. I have recently been testing it to get an idea of what I will have to work with. I don't know much about what is good/acceptable vs. what I will ultimately need to tweak. The readings are.
- GH-0 degrees
-KH-15 degrees
PH-7.6 degrees

I am setting up a 16 gallon Bowfront w/ about 5 watts per gallon and DIY CO2 for now. I plan to keep a variety of plants and am promarily going for a great planted tank as opposed to a community aquarium.
How are these readings sounding and where can I go from here...I'm expecting my lighting and some plants to come in this week! Thanks.
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It is unusual to have zero GH, but a high KH, as you do. That would mean you have high carbonates or bicarbonates in the water, but no calcium or magnesium, which leaves sodium or potassium, which do not contribute to GH. So, I think you are right that the water has gone thru a water softener. That isn't good if it is sodium but is ok if it is potassium.

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Thanks. How would I tell if it were either Sodium or Potassium? Is there a common testing kit available to use or could I visit the water supply office in town. How can I get less Sodium in my water? I am thinking of using Kent R/O Right to restore GH, anyone else use that product?
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