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The need of RO water

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by inkslinger, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. inkslinger

    inkslinger Guru Class Expert

    Dec 15, 2007
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    View attachment 3364 I'm having a house built here in MA., and we just got our Well Water Test back from our EPA Lab. I would like to have our water filter for the whole house but would like to have a split right before the filter for my aquarium water, Would I need a RO unit or would just a sediment filter work to grow healthy plants and keep my fish happy?
    How should I prep the water for our use ,do I let sit in a tank an do all the prep work first before putting it in the tank?

  2. Biollante

    Biollante Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jun 21, 2009
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    Definitely Not Soft Water


    That is some hard water!:eek-new:

    Beyond the 39.4-dGH, your TDS is over 1-ppt, that changes many of the calculations we use and seriously limits the range of plants and critters.:)

    The simplest answer is a whole-house water distillation system.:gw Or, as long as your kidneys are up to it a water distillation system for your aquarium.:D

    Perhaps a heavy-duty commercial RO system, the problem with an RO system is there is so much stuff and a good bit is in the form of chloride so the system will ultimately not remove all of it.

    I use a system many commercial establishments, restaurants, car washes and so forth use an exchange tank systems via local dealers.

    I suspect a sediment filter in front of it all.:)

  3. mi5haha

    mi5haha Prolific Poster

    Oct 12, 2008
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    set up a resin softening system for washing machine, water heater, dish washing applications. Set up a RO system for drinking only. That will be economic.

    if want to use such a well water for aquarium, RO water will be fine if the tank is small. If the tank is big, should use a different resin softening system (not using salt to renew, but chlorohydric acid) to meet the tank capacity. But that will require some experience in handling. However, this type of water processed is not suitable for drinking.
    #3 mi5haha, Aug 1, 2012
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