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 Post subject: JP High pH tap water :(
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:34 pm 
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My tap water is around an 8.5 :shock:

I read that peat moss is a good way to soften water...I did a search online and found peat extract, barley and peat extract, blackwater extract, and peat granules.

Is the extract stuff any good? Can I just put some granules in my power filter bags? Which would be best for tropical community tank?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:03 pm 
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Before you change your pH - get your hardness tested.
Metro Boston water tends to have an inflated pH straight out of the tap but a dreadfully low KH - I usually find that LOW pH becomes the problem over time, not high pH.
You may find you need to add a small amount of a KH buffer (Alkaline Buffer from Seachem is a good one) at each water change.

Otherwise, the natural creation of ions by filter bacteria will slowly drop your pH between water changes.
This is also why smaller more frequent changes are better than less frequent big changes - less pH change.

Unique Aquaria does free water testing including KH.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:35 pm 
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That's a relief! Thanks for your help! :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:24 pm 
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yup. good ol'MWRA water! I add the ALK buffer mentioned above. Works like a charm.


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