I am planing on seting up a small fish tank with "starter fish" but we have really bad well water (we don't even drink it) and I was wondering if its a bad idea to use it.
Are you sure it's your well water and not your pipes? Have you ever had your well tested?
Having well water around here is usually a bonus because the water tastes so much better than city water....
Congratz on the move out of the city! I hope you as much fun in the country as I do. The hunting, the fishing, and kicking it in the sticks is a great life. Small town U.S.A. is the only place I call home! I'm sorry I just can't hide my redneck side...
Back to the fish, in my opinion I would move with the fish... The trip to your friends and the initial move should be far enough apart. The water shouldn't affect your fish that much... Just keep the water at the appropiate readings for the species of fish and all should be well.
I have well water. The only issue I have is the fact that my pH is so high it's off the charts. To remedy the situation, I use a 29 gallon aquarium to pre-filter, heat and treat my water for water changes for 5 days so that my pH has a chance to lower on its own. pH naturally drops over time.
I still use my water conditioners: Amquel + and Nova Aqua +.
Test the well water for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates and pH and see where you stand. I have seen mention by some members that since they have well water and not city water, they do not use any water conditioners. (don't forget their could be heavy metals in the well water and if so make sure the water conditioner you use removes heavy metals).
There are test kits for Iron, Copper, Magnesium.
Home depot has water testing.