My town's tap water readings

Fwreef86

Hello,

I'm setting up my first planted tank with a Betta, tetras, corys and a pleco. According to my town's tap water report in 2019, these are the parameters. What can I treat the tap water with to lower the pH and other values down to appropriate levels? I'll be adding Stratum in the tank to help with pH but I was concerned about water changes.

pH 8.8 (5.9 - 8.8)
Alk 62.5 (25.5 - 62.5)
Hardness 187 (34.3 - 187)
TDS 480 (78 - 480)
 

WRWAquarium

Hi, That is very hard water indeed!

Before you take there word for it... Test your water yourself with a good test kit like the api master.
 
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ProudPapa

. . . Before you take there word for it... Test your water yourself with a good test kit like the api master.

I agree. That's such a wide range of pH as to be meaningless. Unless it tests at the extreme upper end I wouldn't try to lower it. I have a wide variety of fish thriving in 8.2 pH water.
 
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Fwreef86

Just ordered API ph, KH and gh kit. I’ll test first.
 
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Fwreef86

Tap tested at 7.2 pH, 6 KH, 143.2 GH
 
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