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Re: Beginner's Questions about Water Chemistry.

Walter Klockers said...

>I've been on the list for a few weeks now. I've learned a good deal in
>just this short amount of time. I am researching what it would take me
>to set up a planted aquarium. I've kept tropicals for over 30 years and
>would like to now expand my interests.
>Could you please name for me some good *basic* sources -- to better
>understand the "ins and outs" of water chemistry for the planted
>I checked my tap water tonight, with the following results:
>pH - 6.6
>KH - 3
>GH - 60 ppm
>CO2 - above  15 mg/l (TetraTest)
>I was surprised how soft the water was. Any comments about the water out
>of my tap that might be helpful? Thank you.

Just one question. Why is there so much CO2 in your water? Where
does your water originate? I have similar values for GH and KH,
but the pH here is around 7.6 with a correspondingly low ppm of
free CO2.

Dave Whittaker
ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.ca