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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #564

The funny thing is that my KH is only about 6 degrees (don't know ppm, Sera
test kit), and is only about 2 out of the tap.  Switching fish is an option,
but I really like my south americans, so I'd like to see if I can find a
solution first.

Justin Collins

> Your water supply is different than the water in the old digs.  Now you
> to either accept what you have or start dancing.  Getting the pH down
> requires getting the KH down, and that's where the sticky thing is.  You
> use a pH adjuster, but expect bounceback until your pH adjuster
> enough carbonate/silicate/phosphate to allow it to stay down.  You might
> reverse osmosis or deionization to soften the water before it goes in the
> tank.  This is the better approach, but also more expensive.
> maybe you could just switch to fish that like harder water?  The plants
> probably won't mind, at least not the vast majority of them.