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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2004, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a test kit and tested out my tap water right from the tap...it shows
0ppm Chlorine
0Nitrate
250 ppm Hardness
8-8.4 pH

And when i set up my tank i am thingking of doing 1/2 RO and 1/2 treated tap water

Now...will it be right? and what is the best ppm rate for hardness?

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any suggestions and comments are welcome !! Thanks in advance
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anyone? i dun want to make mistake and ended up w/ dead plant n fishes
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Sometimes the pH will swing a bit after you let the water sit for a couple hours. Mine drops from 7.8 to about 7.5-7.6. So you may want to let the water sit first and do another test. I'm not expert on plants but I keep discus so I know a thing or two about RO water. You can use you 50-50 mix to start with and then test the water (after a few hours). If you plan to bring your pH to Neutral, you need a lot more RO than the tap water (if your pH is close to 8). You also need to check the Carbonate hardness though to avoid pH crash later on.
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convert that gH into degrees. I forget what the exact formula is for that. Something like divide it by 17.9 or something. It should say in your manual. You also want a kH test.

If you have a real high gH and kH I think you can use a 50/50 distilled water/tap water mix in order to get that pH a little lower. But you dont want your gH or kH to be too low or else you pH will swing to easily.

If you interested in lowering your pH adding Co2 is the natural way of doing this. In your nano tank make sure you have enough light to take advantage of the Co2.

I'm no expert so hopefully someone else will post too :-)

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You can keep lots of fish and plants in your tap water. Measure the pH after it has rested for 12 hours, right out of the tap it might give you incorrect results.

Except for a few exceptions, plants can grow nicely in hard water. Use CO2 and the plant growth will be outstanding.


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