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Alk and PH off the charts! Help!

I've been trying work through this on my own...but it's just getting worse...I have moderately hard water even though I am using a water softener pillow, My PH is less than 6.4 (I dont have a low range kit) and my alk is (according to my test kit) less than 0!

I know that there are products out there that can fix any parameter and whatnot...but are there any cheaper, safer ways in which I can fix this?
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I'm confused- are you trying to soften or harden your water? If your pH and hardness are that low why are you using a water softening pillow?





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I'm confused- are you trying to soften or harden your water? If your pH and hardness are that low why are you using a water softening pillow?
I second that.

And your numbers aren't "off the charts". They are well within what most consider normal limits. I'd kill for tap water with your parameters.
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I had before I used the pillow, my water was so hard that it read the highest level on my test kit and I was under the impression that soft water was what plants like (Along with the tetras in my tank)

I will go pick up a low range PH test kit in a while and see what it tells me (would a SW one work?). Also shouldnt my alk be between 120 and 180..rather than 0? lol
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Most plants and fish can adapt to pH and hardness changes as long as they are gradual.

Yes you do want some hardness and your softener pillow probably stripped your water. I'd get that pillow out of there and start doing some PWC to try and bring your water parameters back in line with your tap water. You're going to struggle to maintain stability any other way, and unless you're wanting to breed those tetras IMO they'll be fine at 8.0

No a SW test kit will not give you accurate results in FW. I'd forget about testing for now and just do 25% daily PWC for a week, and then test to see how close you are back to your tap water.





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I completely agree, this is a "case in point" type example of why we shouldn't alter our water unless we have a clear and precise understanding of the why and the how. Less than ideal water conditions are far more ideal, ironically, than having fluctuating conditions.

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