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my well water

GH-between 150 and 300ppm
kh-close to 300ppm
ph-just over 8

everything seems to be high and i was wanting to know if i could lower them naturally?i hope to keep RCS and neons. I have a 10 gallon low tech tank with gravel substrate and 2 wpg. if i bought ro water to do my water changes do you think it would lower it?
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My pH from my well straight out of the tap is about 7.6 or so. The GH and KH are anywhere from 180 to 260 or so. Pretty high. When I added C02, the pH went down considerably to 7.0 or 7.2. Maybe try some Excel. Does anybody know if that would bring down the pH or not?
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Maybe try some Excel. Does anybody know if that would bring down the pH or not?
Excel does not affect pH.

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everything seems to be high and i was wanting to know if i could lower them naturally?i hope to keep RCS and neons. if i bought ro water to do my water changes do you think it would lower it?
The easiest way to lower it would be to do water changes with a tap/RO water mix.

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IMO it would be infinately easier and cheaper in the long run to just buy livestock that are already acclimated to your tap water parameters. RCS are pretty adaptable. IME neon tetras can be difficult all around, but that's not really much to do with water parameters, more that it's difficult to find healthy stock.





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very true.
my tap water usually comes out with a pH of 8 or something. the only solution i found is to find fish that are already acclimated to the water. i only buy fish from fish stores in the same city and if then i only buy them after a week or two after shipment, that way the strong acclimated ones will prosper.

and it sounds aweful but if you really wana be successfull you can always go with cichlid tank, they're beautiful and won't be too fuzzy. or a saltwater tank.
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