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API Water Softener Pillow, Size 5

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Description

Help create the ideal home for your freshwater fish with the API Water Softener Pillow. Most people don't think about their drinking water as "hard" or "soft"—but fish do! In fact, the right kind of water is essential to their health and comfort. And different species of fish need different levels. That's because hard water contains a considerable amount of dissolved minerals—like calcium and magnesium—while soft water only contains sodium. Once you know what your fishies need, this water softener from API will help to remove calcium, magnesium and soluble heavy metal and soften your water. The convenient pouch is fully rechargeable and can be used multiple times, too!

Key Benefits
  • Contains resins to remove calcium, magnesium and soluble heavy metal to soften water.
  • Ideal mineral levels are essential to the health and happiness of fish.
  • The convenient pouch is fully rechargeable and can be used multiple times.
  • Does not contain harmful chemicals, making this pouch completely safe for all freshwater fish.
  • Designed for tanks big and small—can be placed in aquariums up to 20 gallons.

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  • Item Number
    94595
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater
  • Fish Type
    Tropical Freshwater
  • Material
    N/A
Instructions

Rinse pouch under tap water. Place pouch in path of water flow in the aquarium filter. Activity of the pillow lasts 48 hours. After 48 hours, recharging is necessary.

To recharge: Dissolve 3 tablespoon of aquarium salt in 7 oz of tap water. Rinse pouch in tap water, then soak in salt solution for 2 hours. Place back in filter, there is no need to rinse. When not in use, store Water Softer Pillow in recharging solution. Do not let pillow dry out. Replace when Water Softener Pillow ceases to function properly after recharging.

FAQ

Is the API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW rechargeable? How is it recharged?

This API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW can be reused many times before purchase of a new one is necessary. When its effectiveness begins to lessen, dissolve 3 tablespoons of aquarium salt in 7 oz. of tap water. Rinse the pouch in this tap water, then soak it in salt solution for 2 hours. Place back in the filter as is – there is no need to rinse it. When not in use, store the API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW in recharging solution. Do not let it dry out. Replace your API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW when it ceases to function properly after recharging.

Instructions indicate that API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW may be used in aquariums with up to 20 gallons of water. If this is the case, should I use multiple pillows for A 55 gallon tank? And is 1 of these safe for a 5 gallon tank?

API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW will soften water up to 20 gallons. For a 55 gallon tank, you’ll need to use three pillows. One pillow is safe/sufficient for a 5 gallon tank.

How do I know when API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW needs to be replaced?

API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW can be recharged and re-used up to 4 times.

Could I use API WATER SOFTENER PILLOW around the house to create soft water other than in an aquarium?

This water softener has not been tested for that use. It is specifically designed for use in freshwater aquariums.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great for smaller tanks

    By Obiewan on Sep 30, 2021

    Works great for smaller tanks 10 and 20 gallon. Bigger tanks not so much just better to use RO water and add minerals for Large tanks

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Softens water for 10 gallon tank

    By RoseBetta on May 18, 2021

    I bought three of these pillows to alternate every two days before my weekly water changes. I’ve read about peat moss but I don’t like the tannins. I use one pouch for my 10 gallon Betta tank. Before the pillow, my water hardness was at 16 dGH. With the pillow, my water hardness is at 9 dGH (yay!). The hard part is remembering to place them in their recharging solution when not in use, so I’ll have to order a replacement.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Massive Ph Drop!!

    By Hejo on Jun 18, 2021

    Worked to soften hard water very well, but at the cost of acidifying all of my tank water! Not worth it; hardness wasn’t hurting my fish but the low ph definitely is.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Water softener pillow

    By Fishhobbyist on May 21, 2021

    API water softener pillows worked as advertised. Multiple pillows needed for large tanks.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    No change after 3 recharges

    By Twiffy on Feb 13, 2021

    I purchased two of these and followed the directions. To try this out I only opened one, but have since recharged it twice and it has made zero difference in my 55gal. tank.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Water Softener

    By Kathy on Jan 28, 2021

    My aquarium water was very hard. I used the pillow for an hour and the water tested very soft. I took the pillow out and air dried it for the next time.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good solution

    By Jessie on Feb 26, 2021

    This was really easy to use and quickly brought my aquarium GH levels to the appropriate level.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    By Yayy on Jan 13, 2021

    My water was very hard when I tested rushed ordered this in hopes it will work and it did just as it said it would definitely order again

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product. A++++++++++++++

    By Lisa on Jan 20, 2021

    Highly recommend. Dropped the hardness of my tank pretty quickly.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Water softener pillow

    By Gizzysmom11 on Apr 14, 2020 top250Contributor

    This works great. I have very hard water always reading at 180, put this in my filter and within 12 hours, my GH was down to 60.

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