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Re: making water acid - UK



UK folks looking for muriatic acid, it is a hardware store item.   Its main
use is etching/cleaning concrete.

At 05:47 PM 2/29/2000 -0000, you wrote:
>> This is 31% hydrochloric. Mix one quart of muriatic acid to 3 QUARTS of
>water.
>
>What do UK apisto keepers use to make their water acid - apart from peat?
>
>I've tried asking for muriatic acid in places like Boots and just got blank
>looks. Is it called something else in the UK or where is it generally
>available?
>
>I've tried peat - both garden centre and v. expensive Fluval aquarium peat.
>Neither did much to pH considering the fuss involved. I now use Hagen pH
>Down - which claims to be sulphuric acid. This works but is also costly
>given 5 bottle lasts just a couple of months. If I build the house
>extension that will let me install a long dreamt about eight foot tank, then
>adjusting the water will get very expensive! BTW, I use RO water cut to
>about 1 degree GH and KH yet still it takes hefty squirts of pH Down just to
>shoot for a pH of 6.
>
>While I'm talking to UK posters, any tips about good fish shops in Southern
>England? For apisto's the best range I've come across are at Ivy Mill
>Aquatics in Godstone. But I was there at the weekend and was rather
>disappointed - about six species and most looking somewhat frazzled. Are
>there any "don't miss" apisto suppliers within reach of the M25?
>
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