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Old 12-12-2011, 04:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Methods of softening water.

Indian almond leaves have always worked better for me than peat moss. Also, in terms of driftwood, mopani seems to leech a LOT of tannins (compared to other wood types) into the water column for months on end. The two of these combined may help to lower your hardness.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Turface! The high cec causes it to leech hardness out of the water. Put it as a filter medium bag in a HOB or canister, or even use it as a substrate.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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In addition to almond leaves, I had seen a somewhat similar product out of the UK called Alder Cones.

Mopani leeches like crazy IME, I had thought I had heard it didn't leach bad...I was mistaken!
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I am going through this too, and can't wait to be able to use snow instead of buying Distilled water. I had tried rain water from my barrel, but it always has an ammonia read and caused algae problems. (Bird poop on the roof?) If you have a way to catch enough rain water that didn't wash over a dirty large surface, I guess it would be better.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Ya rain water works pretty good. Can collect a lot of contaminants though. I hate to say it but reverse osmosis seems to be one thing a planted tank hobbyist cannot do without.
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Eheim peat granule are good and they didn't change color of the water. I have them in HOB filter attached to PH controller. My goal is to go from PH 6.1 to PH 5.3.Golf size bag of it will be good for 15 gal tank for 3-4 months
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:22 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If you are having problems with tannins released by Mopani wood just add some Seachem Purigen to your filter - magic stuff!!!
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:03 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi, I saw this post had to respond, My tap is is about 8+ (never bought a ph kit for high ph)and my hardness is over 8 sometimes 9. A long time ago i found a link that has helped me immensely on my tanks. And I cannnot remember from where. Im hoping link is ok. It is a bit overkill but i have a few tanks and this helps alot. http://www.marksfish.me.uk/index.php...Filtering.html , after awhile you get the pattern down well enough you know how much to use to counter balance your tanks. (edit) i buy peat in bales. its cheap and easy to do)
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:15 AM   #19 (permalink)
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My first question is why try to soften your water? For most plants soft water is unnecessary. It may be recommended in books but it isn't really a necessity. Over time all plants will soften water but only a select few are affected by anything but the most extreme hardness levels. Peat and other "softening" methods do nothing for the DOC but instead lower pH, which may or may not be helpful. If you intend to grow specific plants that require constant adjustments to your water, I would suggest reconsidering. You fight your water chemistry you're setting yourself up for a long drawn out battle you will most likely lose. Instead, try to find plants that work with your water with little fuss and you and your plants will be much happier longterm.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Doesn't hard water cause a plants growth process to slow quite considerably? There is a lot less CO2 in hard water.
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