Any advice on how to soften water ?

Sedentary Sloth

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Hi guys
Looking for some advice on how to soften up my water ? I’m based in Stevenage and the water is ludicrous here, I’d like to soften it up because planning on setting up a Discuss planted tank
I’ve been told RO water is the best way but seems like a bit of a faf. Any advice is welcome!
Cheers :)
 

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Why is hard water such an issue ?

Much better to work with the water you have. An HMA filter setup would help clean the water, some even dechlorinate as well, if correct pre-filter is used.

Obviously RO gives you 100% pure water, at great cost of course, for each litre of RO water you will typically waste 4-10 litres of water, depending on pressure and temperature !!! Not environmentally friendly. You will then need to cut the water with tap water or remineralising salts before use.
 

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Yeah you can use hard water if you go with stendkers, otherwise I’d recommend soft water. Quite a few shops sell the stendkers so shouldn’t be too hard to find. Think devotedly discus in East Sussex sell mainly stendkers.

Cheers

Conor
 

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Depends on just how hard the water is,whilst Stendker are bred for harder water I wouldn't consider putting them in my tap water which comes out at about 8.5 PH and a tds of over 600ppm :oops:
 

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