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Water hardness in North Tampa
KI>Well I checked my water here for the first time with a titration test for GH
KI>and KH and wasn't that surprised, but man is the water rock hard. The Gh is
KI>not surprising at 14 to 15 but the KH, man, it's 14!!!
Look on the bright side, with that level of KH, your water has plenty of
buffering capacity, which "should" make the pH more stable. Of course,
it also leaves a vicious bathtub ring....
My KH is almost that high, and Fundulopanchax species seem to do well in
it as long as I stay on top of partial water changes. Seems like the
fish I keep aren't as affected by hardness as they are overall water
quality (ie ammonia, etc concentrations). Nothos, by the way, seem to
thrive in my water without salt.
Glad to hear you finally got some rain there. I, too, collect rainwater
off the roof and use it to bring hardness levels down. I usually go 2:1
well to rain. Interestingly, the killies that go out to the ponds for
the summer are in straight well water and do well regardless of species,
which once again leads me to believe that hardness is less important
(within reason) than overall water quality and feeding.
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