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lowering water hardness

whats the best and or cheapest way of lowering water hardness ive got aquasoil and everytime i add tap water, which is HARD, i get yellow water and since i cant afford nor get aquasoil 2 i need to know how to lower the hardness for when i do water changes
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I know seachem has a product called AcidBuffer.
I've never used it sorry.
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thanks retoid, i dont understand why im having such trouble i assume its my water.
anyone know of another way?
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I know that peat from the amazon will help lower it but its not a fast method and it does not lower it very much. Keta peat is the brand.
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the water in my tank atm is 6. somthing off hand i cant remember and the ph of tap water is 7.4 it just seems weird that people who use aquasoil and similar params dont have the same problem
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Hmm, how yellow is the water? kH - 6 and pH - 7.4 isnt bad.
My well water is kH - 11 and pH - 7.6

What is your nitrate level?
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ph 6.6 (was 7.4)
ammonia is 0 .25 (gone up from 0)
nitrate no3 is 5.0
nitrate no2 is 2.0
here are my full parameters
also worth note is im running EI
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whats your current water hardness?
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my current water hardness as of half 5 is 6.6
the waters pretty damn yellow, take a pint glass out and hold it to the light and it looks like weak tea
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how big of a tank? is with worth trying DI/RO water?
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Thats an expensive solution evercl92. I'm sure there is a way to clear it up.
Can you take pictures?
I wish I had more experience with ADA AS to know if it would have anything to do with the cause..
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my tanks tiny, just a 10gallon to be honest i dont know how or where i would get either RO or DI water but if i could get it it would probably solve the problem of yellow water
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Well i dont know about the UK but here in the US you can go to a waterstore and get RO water for .25 a gallon. Other then that you could buy an RO system but those generally run around $100 or so I think. You can try adding carbon also that should take care of the tea color but it may absorb nutrients...or so people say.
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Thats an expensive solution evercl92. I'm sure there is a way to clear it up.
That's why I asked tank size. If it were a 125gal, then it wouldn't be worth it.

As cheap as this filter system is, it worked pretty good for me. Then I got a big tank, and it became not even close to cost effective. But may solve the problem for a smaller tank.
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thanks all
im already running activated carbon to no avail admitadly its worse if i dont use it but its still bad with.
thanks for the link evercl92 ive tried looking for one on uk sights and cant find one a RO unit could be the only option, unless anyone knows anything diffrent?
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