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Walter Klockers asked about water chemistry:
The best book I've read on basic water chemistry is a small booklet by
Water Chemistry and Fish Diseases
Aquarium Digest International #49
>I checked my tap water tonight, with the following results:
>pH - 6.6
>KH - 3
>GH - 60 ppm
>CO2 - above 15 mg/l (TetraTest)
Try letting your tap water sit over night or bubble some air through it.
Your C02 level should drop to .5 mg/l or so (the equilibrium CO2 level
with air) and your pH should rise to 8.0 or higher! You may want to add
CO2 in your aquarium to keep the pH around 7.0 . You could also bring
the pH down a bit by softening your water (adding acid) to reach a KH of
1-2 (below that KH level the pH is too volatile as it reacts to changes
in your tank). If I had your tap water, I would raise the KH and GH
just a bit (say KH 3-5; GH 5-6), add some CO2, and be off and running!
Check out the CO2/KH/pH relationship and other water info on the Krib
This is the most important information I learned as a beginner (and it
wasn't all that easy for me).
There is also a lot of good discussion in the APD archives, but it's a
lot of material to plow through.
Good luck, Steve Dixon