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Reverse Osmosis

Greetings everyone,

I had the unfortunate disaster of moving to a new town where the water does not
easily support planted tanks.   :-(    I have already lost almost all of my

After many experiments and trials and much error I have decided that our city
water is just not suitable for planted aquariums.  After a year of battling this
problem I am close to giving up and putting the tanks up for sale.  I am not
sure exactly what is causing the plants not to grow.  What I do know is that our
city water is VERY alkaline.  I have tried chemicals to lower the PH but the
amount of chemicals needed is just too much.

Last ditch effort is to find a new water supply.  Today I was introduced to a
reverse osmosis system that would yield 10 gallons a day.  The problem is the
system costs $500.  This is too expensive for me.  

Besides just going to the store and buying the water...are there any other cheap
or DIY alternatives?   I am even tempted to go down to the local river, get some
water, boil the heck out of it, let it cool, and then place it in the tanks.

Thank you in advance for your advise.