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Using fluval peat/water changes

If I use fluval peat pellets to lower the ph and hardness on my water. Will i encounter problems when doing a water change?


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Better to just start out with soft water. What are you trying to accomplish?


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I essentially did the same thing only with a peat substrate and it worked well. As long as you're not doing massive water changes, the increase in hard water wont have any serious side effects.


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I do ei dosing so I do a 50% water change every week. Does that constitute for massive? Xmas hello fellow scaper. I wish my water was soft out of tap but unfortunately it's very hard. And at this time ro is not going to work. It's a 70g. Tank. And toting around 30 for water changes seems a bit out of the question. Right now my bps for my co2 is insane. Softer water should help lower it. And give me better control. All my inhabitants would appreciate it too.

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I do ei dosing so I do a 50% water change every week. Does that constitute for massive? Xmas hello fellow scaper. I wish my water was soft out of tap but unfortunately it's very hard. And at this time ro is not going to work. It's a 70g. Tank. And toting around 30 for water changes seems a bit out of the question. Right now my bps for my co2 is insane. Softer water should help lower it. And give me better control. All my inhabitants would appreciate it too.

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35 gallons of hard water every week is going to exhaust that peat in a hurry, so much so that it's a waste of time to bother with it.

70 gallon tanks fully planted use a lot of co2 regardless of water hardness.

If you're worried about using too much co2, just ditch the darn co2 tank and run the aquarium low tech. Then you can say bye bye to the 50% WC's and then using peat to soften the water makes more sense.


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Okay well I guess hard water it is for the next few months. I appreciate the advice. I'm getting an ro unit when I get my new house. This tank I want high tech. I'm not worried about using allot if co2 I just want it to be easier to manage. Also my south American inhabitants would appreciate softer water. Again thanks for the help.

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