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Re: [APD] Modifying soft, acid water

Joseph Puchalski wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've returned to the hobby after a few years, and am in the process of
> setting up a plant tank. I plan on using CO2. In testing my well water, I've
> discovered that it is acid (pH ~6.2) and soft (less than 1 degree GH or KH).
> I'm figuring I want to increase my hardness to gain some buffering. What do
> folks on this list use these days to increase hardness? Ideally, I'd like to
> increase the hardness a bit without driving the pH past neutral.

I just went to the health food store and bought a container of calcium 
carbonate powder and magnesium carbonate powder. Then I mixed them up 
2:1 Ca to Mg and added that as needed to the water. It's cloudy for a 
few hours, but it clears up.

Jerry Baker
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