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Hello! I seem to be having a water parameter problem. My GH is super low and my KH is really high. My pH is a bit high for my liking:

  • GH 30 ppm
  • KH 180 ppm - 240 ppm
  • pH 7.5 - 8.8

I have a Betta and a few hardy plants in my 5 gallon aquarium but recently got curious and tested my water parameters for the first time with API 5-in-1 test strips. I am aware that all of the factors above are related to each other and I can't bring one up without the other two without going through-the-roof measurements. (vice versa) I have a water softener incorporated in my tap water which I can't do anything about...any suggestions to try to balance this out? I was also thinking of turning the tank into a blackwater biotope which might help with the KH and pH. Additionally, I'm curious if API aquarium salt help with the GH. Thanks!

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