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New Setup - tap water concerns

Subject: New Setup - tap water concerns
by EagleC on 28/3/2007 12:29:32

Tomorrow I should recieve my new 100gal tank. Thats either a shed load of trips to the fish store for water (15 at least) or I have to use treated tap water. A problem I have with this is that the tapwater in the area is quite hard (South East Hampshire) and has a Ph of 8 naturally. Boiling or Britta-filtering the water can reduce this hardness but for 380liters thats a lot of time and energy.

I've heard I can add something to my filter media to soften the water over time but I'd like to hear from someone with personal experience in changing water hardness and Ph. Obviously I'd like the end result to be stable too!