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Softener resin

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Have you ever used softener resin into the canister filter ?
I Know some chinese aquascapers use the softener resin to lower water hardness
What do you think about this method ?

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I think that would work as long as you didn't replace the biological
media with resin.
A separate container without disrupting flow.

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Why I have to replace the biological media with resin ?
Can I put softener resin into the same canister ?
sorry for my bad english...

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You can put it into your filter and see how it works for you.

I suggested another container only for insurance sake, you want
to keep as much bacteria/media going strong as possible.

I bet my French is worse than your English, I can understand you good.

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It will be difficult to control: The resin will remove hard water ions until it is completely used up or until there is no hardness left in the water. So if you want zero hardness, use as much resin as possible. If you want "low" hardness, then this would be difficult to control.

Also, cheaper resins replace the hardness ions with two sodium ions. Sodium ions can then build up in the tank and might demonstrate some toxicity to the plants (not sure at what level).

Better to mix your tap with RO/DI water to get the desired hardness.

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I can not understand why some people put the resin into filters.I also think it is easier to use tap water + aquaRO...
Maybe aqua-RO contains too few trace ?
For example if I want gh 1 and kh 2 and I use more aqua-RO than tap water I have in my tank water with a few trace or other elemts...it is possible ?
Thanks for your answers...

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One guy adds it and has a nice tank, so someone else does the same. Does not imply the product does anything or gives that result because it was not tested in a controlled manner you can make any conclusions about.

Does adding Penac do anything?
Some claim so and many buy it based on someone else's total result, not due to the sole result of adding Penac itself

That's why they sell such junk.

If you want softer water, remove the KH, not GH.
The best way is RO. You can also use plants that are not sensntive to higher KH's, like 95% of all plants

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