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
thank you in advance
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.
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?
Do you have driftwood in this tank? Is the water straight out of your faucet yellow also? Look at a product called purigen from seachem and see if you can find it available in the UK. It will polish water clean
hey riverrat, yes my tank is dominated mainly by a huge peice of drift wood, i have boiled and soaked it and left it in a tub of water for a week with no water changes and i didnt even get a tint to the water so im assuming it therefore must be the aquasoil thats yellowing up my water. my water out of the tap is clear, goes in clear, comes out yellow. ive bought some purigen as a last ditch thing fingers crossed it'll be as good as it claims.
Perhaps your driftwood to water ratio when you put it in the tub for a week wasn't enough to change the color of the water significantly while in your small tank your driftwood to water ratio is large enough to make a noticeable difference. Either that or the change in water hardness/pH caused by the AS is allowing a reaction to occur in the the various tannins in the wood resulting in increased leaching into your water column. Unless you got your AS 2nd hand I'm willing to bet it's your driftwood.