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[APD] KH calsium and buffering water
IMHO and its what i do
H2O in Milton MA comes out of the fawcett at LESS THAN 1!
had hard time believing my test results (went out and bought a new kit and
got the same readings) especially when the pH was 9.2.
Spoke to a number of people at the water department and eventually got the
chief chemist who explained that because of the ancient pipes in some of
the older homes being lead, they put lots of sodium carbonate onto the water
to get the pH up for long enough to not leach out the lead.
Unfortunately he was not a hobbiest and had no clue as to what i should
do. A little research however got me to the point of adding some calsium to
the water as a buffer. I dont recommend this as if not really good with
the amounts you can lose some fish.
but the best solution was also the cheapest.
Cuttlebone. Same things they give to birds. Bought 6 pounds in 2004 and
still have half the bag!!
What makes it so good is that it leaches out so slowly that you can simply
put a piece into the filter and let it disolve at its own rate.
water buffered and calcium added.
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