- Dec 18, 2011
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- Wind River Country, Wyoming
I think you have a poor grasp of what experimental actually means.I'm just saying these methods are not set in stone (law), they are experimental
I'm not debating chlorine/ chloramine removal
Do a google search reducing gh hardness. One option is peat.Forgive me, because I'm a chemistry dunce - but even if we left the environmental impact aside (which we shouldn't) it wouldn't even work for hard water in the long term, would it? Only from my little research and discussion with you and @essjay about my hard source water (253ppm) with a KH of 10, and wanting a softer water tank for my otocinclus, even if I used organics like peat, driftwood, almond leaves etc, while they would help, my KH would buffer this and bring the water back to a harder GH, causing fluctuations each time I did a water change.
I don't think it's as easy as making any water soft, unless the KH is low enough for the organics to actually reduce the GH ? Or maybe I'm just confusing myself even more here
I have done some research. I'm chemistry challenged, so I admit a lot of it is beyond me, but I won't use peat because of the destruction of natural habitats that peat collecting causes.Do a google search reducing gh hardness. One option is peat.
I just use the peat pots you buy at the garden center. It doesn't take much to make a difference.I have done some research. I'm chemistry challenged, so I admit a lot of it is beyond me, but I won't use peat because of the destruction of natural habitats that peat collecting causes.
But from my limited understanding, using botanicals to try to make my water softer won't work anyway. I was trying to find out because I bought otocinclus before I knew their soft water requirements, and even though they seemed to thrive in my hard water (253ppm/15 dGH), even appearing to be carrying eggs and spawn:
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I found out they need water much softer than mine. I moved the guppies and shrimp they were with out, and began mixing my tapwater with rainwater, or RO when rainwater isn't available. A 50/50 mix to make it soft enough. Which seems to be working fine. But I believe if I were to use straight tap water with my GH of 253ppm and a KH of 10, that even with peat or other botanicals, the KH of my water would buffer the pH lowering effects of the botanicals, and wouldn't lower my GH at all, which is what I really need to lower. So RO water is really needed to actually make the water softer.
But again, chemistry idiot here, I may have this completely wrong.
Directed at everyone.I assume this is directed at me, I think you might have missed the OP's point.
and we are also talking Chloramine not chlorine