Well Water Problems

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by KatelynJ, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. KatelynJNew MemberMember

    I am on well water with a water softener and I am concerned about the health of my fish. It uses sodium chloride to soften the water. I know that it has a bypass, but I am concerned about any heavy metals that could come from using it. I am not sure if Prime would be able to take care of it. Normally, the water goes through the softener and then through a carbon filter to remove the heavy metals. Could I replace the carbon filter with an RO unit to have for the whole house? I am just not sure how to go about this.
  2. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Have you tested the waters PH/KH/GH?
  3. KatelynJNew MemberMember

    Yes. The pH is 7.4, the GH is none existent and KH is somewhere between 107.4 and 125.3 ppm.
  4. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Anyway to bypass the softener and just go through the carbon?
  5. KatelynJNew MemberMember

    I could look into it, but I am not optimistic it can be done without some extreme changes.
  6. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Likely, yes. You can get an RO/DI and hook it up to the sink when you need to use it. It'll take everything out, so you'll just have to remineralize it.
  7. KatelynJNew MemberMember

    Ok. That seems more doable. Thanks for your help.

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