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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #27

Greetings One and All,

I am in the planing stages of an aquarium and here is an analysis of the 
local tap water:

total hardness:     75.0 mg/L
total chlorine:        3.0 mg/L
color:                   7-10 units
turbidity               0.15 NTU's
pH                        9.0 - 9.3 !!!!!
total alk.                24.0 mg/L

I called and checked - yep the Ph is 9.0+!

My question is, what would you do have to do to treat water such as this and 
make it softer and more acidic - putting it more in the normal range for the 
decent growth of most plants (and fish). Considering the water changes (I 
could live with few fish if necessary) is this going to be a major amount of 
work - i.e., is it hopeless?

I'd drill a well, but the water plant itself is only a few miles away so I 
doubt the raw material would be much different. Are there any desirable 
plants and fish which enjoy such conditions?

Your help in this matter is most appreciated as I am beginner.

Bob Olesen