Leaves as Water Softener

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Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby Naufil » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:25 pm

Ground water in my area is slightly hard which has been preventing me from keeping soft water fish so far.
But now I want to keep shrimps etc and I was looking on the web for easy and affordable ways to soften water.
I came across a blog, which suggested keeping leaves and pieces of wood submerged in water for some days and it will reduce hardness. :?
How feasible is the idea, for long term regular water changes...



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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby sub » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:36 pm

most south american cichlid keepers use driftwood for this reason mainly , u can use almond leaves ,also peat moss and cocopeat under substrate will reduce PH

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby saikumar » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:05 am

Can you share the blog link please?

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby Naufil » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:52 am

sub wrote:most south american cichlid keepers use driftwood for this reason mainly , u can use almond leaves ,also peat moss and cocopeat under substrate will reduce PH

I understand but what I want to know is, can I maintain a regular supply of naturally softened water using this method.
Like keep some driftwood\leaves in a bucket of water for a few days and viola...soft water, or does the process takes longer?
I want to keep some soft-water handy, incase I need some quick water change. :)

saikumar wrote:Can you share the blog link please?

There you go :)
http://allnaturalpetcare.com/blog/2012/ ... naturally/

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby sub » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:58 am

if ur source water is hard thn u can store water and can use driftwood , almond leaves there , it won't take much time but depend upon water quantity , chemistry , amount of driftwood and leaves ,for exact PH value u need to test water , u can observe change in color of the water it become brown color Becoz of taniic acid.

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby Naufil » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:04 pm

Thanks, will do that :)
What other leaves can be used besides the Almond?

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby navneethtk » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:49 pm

You can use pinecones, alder cones, teak leaves, jackfruit leaves

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby SCORPIO » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:00 am

Naufil wrote:Thanks, will do that :)
What other leaves can be used besides the Almond?


You can also use Guava and Banana leaves and mentioned by Navneeth.
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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby sommit » Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:05 pm

Any idea where in Delhi I can find Indian Almond leaf or any online store name

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Re: Leaves as Water Softener

Unread postby Naufil » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:37 am

Thanks, I will look for Guava and Banana leaves, cause they will be easier to find in Delhi. Teak leaves I think I can arrange...from someone.

Almond leaves can be hard to source in Delhi unless you know about a tree somewhere, buying online can be expensive.