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Old 08-01-2011, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just wanted to posted out a word of caution for everyone to check there tap water parameters each time before you preform a water change. With the severe drought were having, cities are pulling in water from what ever sources they can. In the last few days, I have noticed my tap water parameters has greatly changed. The source for Cleburne water has been Lake Pat and Lake Whitney. The tap water parameters ran around ph 7.4 dGh 6 dKh 6, perfect for our planted tanks. This last weekend I noticed how soft the water was. I tested it to ph 8.4 dGh 1-2 dKh 15. This tells me that they are pulling the water for my area from wells because of neighboring city of Keene having same parameters. I can work with this water by adding calcium/ magnesium as needed to adjust the general hardness for my plants and fish. The point I'm trying to make is for you know what your working with before hand so you can adjust and avoid any mishaps.
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Thanks for the words of advice. I've noticed the tap at my office is very different lately. Thankfully, I have a well at the house so not much has changed there.
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We ended up having to switch to RODI and additives at ADG for precisely this reason.
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I do this every time, I had the water parameters change on me once a few years ago and lost everything due to it.
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