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[APD] Hardness.

> Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 23:44:37 -0500
> From: "Robert Armas" <bobar57 at gmail_com>
> Subject: [APD] Seachem
> To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> Are the Seachem products for plants nutrients any good. I always believed
> that Seachem was a reputable company with good products.

I like them very much. They actually tell us what is in them, which is a 
huge plus IMHO. With others, you end up guessing, and often are wrong.
> Sorry newbie questions, does any one knows of a way to reduce the hardness
> of the water, beside the peat moss method?
I prefer to use a Reverse Osmosis filter to reduce tds to near zero. 
While sometimes deadly in that too-pure form, it can safely be used to 
dilute your tap water to a desired amount of tds, hardness, etc.

Peat varies from weak to useless in most water, as a softener. If 
potassium is a bit low, it can raise sodium to lethal levels for plants 
or animals. Only use it if you really know your water chemistry. It can 
also release a huge burst of ammonium, which is deadly to fish at higher 
pH. I boil peat and then rinse well in tap water to avoid those 
problems. At that point, of course, it has no softening power.


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