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Raise water hardness?

7 years 10 months ago #30953 by chefjimmy
Replied by chefjimmy on topic Raise water hardness?
I purchased a bag of coral rocks for a minimal amount from petsmart. They have the look people desire, and the ph raising capabiities you want. They were 4-6" chunks.

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7 years 10 months ago #30948 by WhiteDevil
Replied by WhiteDevil on topic Raise water hardness?
Ive got somewhere between 60-80 pounds of dried live rock and coral, need some let me know. Im sure I got small pieces to crush but the big ones are friggin awesome.

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7 years 10 months ago #30945 by mikeg2929
Replied by mikeg2929 on topic Raise water hardness?
All tangs / malawians will do fine in chicago tap water.  If you are on a rare well spitting out soft water, then maybe you should consider changing your water.  All of these fish do best in consistent water.  If you start tweaking the parameters, you will lose that consistency.

Having said that - a small screen bag (think panty hose type mesh) full of crushed coral in a canister or hang on back filter wont hurt.

The stone must be agitated for it to have any incremental value.

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7 years 10 months ago #30943 by dragonkeeper
Replied by dragonkeeper on topic Raise water hardness?
First question is what is the hardness of your tap and what are you looking to bring it up to? If you are in the Chicagoland area most water sources are plenty hard enough and don't need to be adjusted.

DragonKeeper
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7 years 10 months ago #30940 by teachskip
Replied by teachskip on topic Raise water hardness?
You could add Epsom salts and baking soda to raise the pH and hardness of your water. You'll have to experiment by trial and error to determine how much to add as you haven't stated the present levels. These are pretty benign chemicals.

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7 years 10 months ago #30939 by LooksFishy
I have started a small fish room to breed multile types of african cichlids (mostly Malawi peacocks and just a few tanganyikans). I would like to raise my water hardness and Ph, however, am not in favor of chemicals to due to. I was told that limestone or crushed aragonite placed in a pouch and dropped in the tank would do the trick. If so, where do you purchase these items and how much are they?

If this is a bad approach, what would be better to do (as all my tanks are run on sponge filters and I don't wan't any sand/subtrate in the bottom of the tank due to water change nightmares)?

Thank you,

Steve

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