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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval Stratum and hard water?

I really want to add a little Fluval Stratum to my existing tank for plants (and maybe keep my tetras as happy as possible), but the water here ranges from 7.6-7.8 out of the tap.

Can I safely use Stratum with this tap water without dangerously swinging the pH or would using it mean I'd need to use RO for water changes?

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Using tap water will quickly delete its buffering
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That would mean I'd have to switch out the substrate more often. I'm okay with that. Will it hurt the fish?

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That would mean I'd have to switch out the substrate more often. I'm okay with that. Will it hurt the fish?

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Potentially could with a pH swing every single water change.

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Cheaper and more stable to just get an RO/DI unit instead of constantly switching out the substrate over the tank's lifespan.
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