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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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You should email your water company to get these stats...

I just received an email from my water company with the exact parameters for my tap (this is a new house I moved into). It appears that I do not even need to add a GH booster and can cut back on phosphates as well. Hell, my calcium and magnesium are ideal (so it seems).

Ortho Phosphate 0.87 milligrams per liter (mg/L)
Calcium 34.2mg/L
Magnesium 5.0 mg/L
Nitrate 0.20mg/L
Copper none detected
Potassium 3.98 mg/L
Iron not detected

I have been dosing for the last 3 months on the high side and everything seems to be doing great. Going forward I'll see if I can get away with just adding Nitrates, a tad of Phosphate, Potassium and micros.

Anybody know what "ortho phosphate" is? Is it just regular phosphates?

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Anybody know what "ortho phosphate" is? Is it just regular phosphates?
It is the trivial name for the phosphate anion (PO4 with a -3 charge).

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You can actually google your water company and they will typically have the water parameters available online. The difficult part is if the water comes from multiple sources with very different levels. My water comes from two sources and the parameters are nearly identical.


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