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Thursday, April 7, 2011

What Is Water Hardness and How Do I Test It?

Fish are sensitive to water quality. Not only are fish sensitive to nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, and ph but they are also sensitive to water hardness.
Water hardness is the way you measure the amount of dissolved mineral salts in your water. You can check the water hardness a few ways:
- You can check with the company that supplies the water to your house
- Purchase a Freshwater Hardness Aquarium Test Kit
- Take a sample of water to your local pet store where they can test the water hardness for you.
In most cases you don't need to worry about water hardness but it is something to keep in mind if you are experiencing issues with your aquarium.
If you do find that there is an issue with the water hardness in your area, there are ways that you can fix the issue:
- If your water is too hard, you can add distilled water or rainwater to soften the hardness.
- If your water is too soft, you can add Crushed Coral
or dolomite to harden the water. Keep in mind that this method can alter your ph levels so please check your water by testing it.