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  1. Question Any advice for dealing with very hard water?


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    I've been having problems with hard water and my aquariums since I moved to my current house about a year ago. I haven't really tried much to stop it but I think it might be something that is stressing out my fish as I've had a hard time keeping them alive while the rest of the water conditions are good.

    Any good ideas? I've heard of R/O units but the price seems a bit extreme. I've heard people mention Ion Exchange Resins but I'm not sure how they work or any details.

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    well, depending on the types of fish, a good acclimation process could help.

    Have you tried drip acclimating the fish?

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    If its been about a year with fish in thw water they should be acclimated. You can get a water softener, or rodi, or stock fish that like the hard water better. Brackish or african cichlids, kribs, live bearers.... Ect.
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    Stupid me.... Forgot to ask the important question..... What is your hardness?
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    I have not tried drip acclimating. This is something I could do relatively easy and will be looking to do with my future fish. Thanks for the tips, but I'd also like to at least reduce the hard water a little bit.

    Since moving, about 50% of fish survive in my current tank and all the water conditions besides hard water (and my area has extreme hard water) have been good. So, I don't have much left but they've been there for a while and are doing fine now.

    Why would it be better for brackish fish? I'd need to do some research on brackish aquariums as I've never even thought of having one. Any good place to start?

    Considering getting another, bigger tank and needing to decide what to do about this super hard water first. I'm just wondering what has worked for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    Stupid me.... Forgot to ask the important question..... What is your hardness?
    Generally, it is off the chart. 180ppm or above general hardness and I believe it is similar for carbonate hardness.

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    No answers here, but I'm very interested to see the responses! I have very hard water, too. I actually calculated it from out of the tap (after sitting a day with dechlorinator, since I didn't test right away).

    And by very hard, I mean a dKH of 22 (394ppm) and a dGH of 28 (501ppm). Yes, it took a while to get the actual numbers from testing.

    Luckily, I have no fish yet.
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    Keep fish that thrive in hard water. Cichlids from the African Rift Lakes.

    Trying to change your water chemistry to suit the fish you want to keep doesn't work, especially if an RO\DI is not an option for you due to financial constraints.
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    When in doubt, do a water change.

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    well a water softener would work for your entire house, cause i know hard water can cause some issues with faucets and stuff. they arent too bad either. if you install one you will need to be careful to acclimate the fish to the new water some how.

    brackish fish have a higher tolerance to hard water than some other fish. they need a touch of salt in the water too. i would do more research but i am a fan of goby + puffer tanks with a snail feeding tank.

    african cichlids are also a good choice because they are from hard water too.

    live bearers are also tolerant to hard water.

    wish you the best of luck dealing with the hard water situation. normally id be one for letting the fish to adapt to the water but with a super hard water like that, it might need some helping lol
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    Take a look at this thread and the video by the original poster.

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=101463

    This is an African Shell Dweller tank. Sounds like you have the type of water needed to make this happen.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

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