Stinky country well water for 10 gallon freshwater tank

coderedjulia

Hi everyone, I moved to a small house on someone’s ranch. Well they use well water and it stinks like rotten eggs. I guess it’s the smell of sulfur? This seems to be a pretty normal thing with well water out in the country. But I just want to know if it will be harmful for my fish? Even if I treat the water? I have a 10 gallon with one freshwater fish. Thanks.
 

georgelee1000

It’s from hydrogen sulfide from the water. It’s toxic to fish. I think long term wise the easiest way is to invest a ro/di system if you have a lot of tanks and maintenance to do. If you only have 1 tank, I would really age the water with air pump, and let a lot of the H2S evaporate before putting it in. Another way, is to use activated carbon, but long term it could get expensive as you need to swap it after a while.
 

PAcanis

Even the cold water has this smell?
I've only experienced it (at someone's camp) when using the hot water because the well water reacted with the anode.
It might be worth testing the water to see if the cold water is OK to use without passing through the water heater. Unless of course the cold water has the sulfur smell.
 

coderedjulia

It’s from hydrogen sulfide from the water. It’s toxic to fish. I think long term wise the easiest way is to invest a ro/di system if you have a lot of tanks and maintenance to do. If you only have 1 tank, I would really age the water with air pump, and let a lot of the H2S evaporate before putting it in. Another way, is to use activated carbon, but long term it could get expensive as you need to swap it after a while.
Can I just maybe age the water for at least 24 hours and see if that works?
 

georgelee1000

Can I just maybe age the water for at least 24 hours and see if that works?
You can try. I would age it for at least 2 days. See how the fish react.
 

coderedjulia

I don’t exactly have a lot of room in my house to store aging water. I do have some carbon filter cartridges. Can I just automatically put the treated tap water in there and the carbon filter cartridge will take away impurities? Can I change the cartridges monthly? I do water changes once a week or every other week. What about beneficial bacteria? I do have a water fall filter with a biowheel that holds some BB but all my sponges and rings are what hold my BB and I can’t fit them in my filter along with the carbon filter cartridges so that would have to be tossed. Would the carbon filter cartridge keep my tank balanced?
 

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