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how can I raise the hardness of my water?

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by chazsgirl, Apr 21, 2009.

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    how can I raise the hardness of my water? i noticed it to be soft 75ppm is there a way to make it just alittle bit harder without hurting anyone in the water?
     
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    Maybe adding some rocks and shells?Not sure how effective shells are.
     
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    Crushed coral in a media bag is the easiest way or if you want more control, baking soda added at each water change.
     
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    I'd listen to her. She is a Global Moderator now! :bowing:
     
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    lol..well congrats I hadn't noticed!:bowing::bowing:(it is def. well deserved)

    ok I know the baking soda for the ph, my ph says it is 7.8 so if I add the baking soda then it will raise the ph is that the same as hardening the water. I see the acidic and alkiline but my strip test for the harness of the water says soft and ph is 7.8 (liquid says 7.8 ph, but have no liquid gh test kit just a strip) have I confused anyone yet!
    oh also can I just add a few plaster of paris blocks in, I have a few I made already, will that raise anything??
     
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    chazgirl bakingsoda will raise your ph and your kh but not your gh if i understand it right and you will have to add it with every water change adding the crushed coral will raise the gh too and keep your ph from swinging

    and BTW congrats rachel well deserverd
     
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    The snails need carbonate hardness (kH). It would be very unusual for you to have soft water with a pH of 7.8. I would recommend picking up a liquid gh/kh test kit, they are only like $5 from kensfish or from a store and give much more accurate results as well as a good explanation of what it means.
     
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    ok anyone know where I can get crushed coral??
     
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    almost any LFS
     

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