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tap water problem maybe looking for advice

This is a new tank set up. i was looking for advice about my tap water(well Water). the water comes out with a PH of 4.9 then will rise to 6.92 after about 48hrs. So i guess has plenty of CO2. My issue is KH is less then 1 as well as GH.

All others are 0. If i add 1 gal of tap water PH will drop to 6.88. I plan on adding CO2 too the tank next month (pressurized).

I plan on keep tetra's and either Angle's or Discus with a med to heavy amount of plants.

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Sounds like great water! You may want to invest in some GH booster. I've never kept discus, so this advice may not apply.

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Baking soda will raise the kh and the ph. Worry about kh and gh, ph is not as important.
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If you have a salt exchange water softening system it will produce water like you have as it strips out the calcium and magnesium in exchange for sodium. Sodium isn't the greatest for plants though. Do you have to add salt to your house's water system?
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I would make sure the GH is about 2-3 German degrees of hardness, and the KH is the same.
Aerate your well water before you do any large water changes. I would run it into a barrel or garbage can and alter the GH and KH in there.

Seachem Equilibrium is a good GH booster, there are others. Read the ingredients, I understand some have salt (sodium chloride) which you do not want.
Potassium bicarbonate is a good material to raise the KH, or baking soda will work, too.
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thx all.

I dont use salt to soften my water comes out of the ground that way.

I tried the Baking soda with the seachem ro/di gh and got a white percipient which made me do a 99% water change. If this was a salt water tank i would say i had an ion imbalance causing calcium carbonate.

Which should i try to increase first gh or kh.

I wanted to get both around 2,3 dkh.
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