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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Soften water for cories?

I just bought some three-lined cories (they're darling!), and I found out that my water is on the hard side. I read that these little guys prefer soft water. I know this sounds like a silly question, but is there a way to soften hard water? Like a product you can buy or something? I want my cories to be happy and healthy! Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:17 AM
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Peat, White Oak leave, or IAL will soften
Also blending RO and water will work
You will find that no matter what method you use it takes time and is just a pain to maintain.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm... Do you think they really need that? I just happened to read on one site that they like soft water. Most people just talk about how hardy they are. Thanks for the info!
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IMO/E-you don't need to make the water soft for the cory cats unless you plan to breed them-Generally, cory cats will adapt to your source water without problems, however, to stimulate spawning, egg development and fry G/D- changing the Kh/GH most likely will be needed.

IMO/E-it is safer to allow the fish to adapt to your source water-As rickey posted it can be a pain and time consuming to altar the water chemistry. If you don't know what you are doing or understand the proper way-it can sometimes do more harm than good from the rebound effect.

What is your KH/GH, pH of your source water...what is your source water and what type of testing kit are you using.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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The water is city tap water conditioned with Prime. The KH is 180, GH is 150, pH is 7.8. I'm currently using Tetra Easy Strips; when I run out of strips, I'll be getting a liquid test kit. Thanks!
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