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From: psears at emr1_NRCan.gc.ca (Paul Sears)
Message-Id: <9702061350.AA13539@emr1.emr.ca>
Subject: Re: Water changes with soft(ened) water
To: Aquatic-Plants at ActWin_com
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 1997 08:50:31 -0500 (EST)

> From: "CORBEIL, SCOTT" <corbels at macmail_mcgawpark.baxter.com>
> Subject: Water Changes with soft water
> I would like to pose a question to the list.  I was, for some time, using =
> tap water which had passed through a water softener to perform water =
> changes on my tank.

	All water softeners do is remove the Ca++ ions, replacing them
each with two Na+ ions.

>  What affect would this have on the components of =
> PMDD being added,


> on direct plant growth and on the propogation of algae. =

	The plants might well object to the lack of calcium.

>  I'm not sure exactly what type of salt is most commonly used for =
> softeners.  

	Sodium chloride.

Paul Sears        Ottawa, Canada

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