I have set up a 36 gallon tank that I have been using good well water to start the cycle with. PH 7.2 GH very hard 300, Alkalinity KH 140.
I plan on stocking it with a pair of angels, German blue Rams, a school of some sort of Tetras and possibly clown loaches. All these fish will do better in soft water. My Dad has city water with a whole house resin softener that tests out to PH 7.2 GH <5 KH 140.
Would it hurt to maybe do a mix of the soft water and well water to drive the hardness down?
I assume that I would still need to treat the city water for chlorine even being run thru a softener ???
1. Water going trough a resin softnerer isn't truly soft. You'd need reverse osmosis or rain water.
2. keeping angels in a 36 gallon is stretching things but no impossibleCombining them with blue rams is asking for trouble, especially in hard water. Throwing in clown loaches, a schooling species that grows to 10 inches full adult is bordering on animal abuse.
With angels you want a larger tetra or they will eat them
You're running a tank on liquid rock. Either deal with that or look into getting some shell dwellers.
I strongly suggest you read a few species profiles and take a look at recommended tank size, adult length and water needs.
Very interesting about the breakdown of the softner/potassium Chloride. I do draw water from a well so I RO/DO the water after the softner. Does this take care of the Potassium problems?
I have angels and well water and a softener. I have no problems.
I cannot however mix raw well water with the softened water. Nor can I mix raw well water with RO water.
Whenever the raw well water is added to the tank I immediately get a big cloudy mess. Something precipitates out of the raw well water. I'm assuming its iron. So I would do a simple test. Take some RO water, take some raw well water and mix them in a bucket and see what happens.
BTW, I've used remineralized RO water and softened water and never noticed a difference between them in keeping anything alive.
Very interesting. Our well water has lots of nasty s including salt water intrusion (live on ocean) arsenic, lots of minerals, sulfur gas, etc. I have been RO the water for some time and haven't seen any problems. Of course, when I add salt I refresh the water with all the things the RO strips, hopefully.
Well I did the mix of soft water and the well water at a 50/50 mix. It brought the GH down to 75 ppm from 300. KH,PH stayed the same. No cloudy water so I am good to go.
OK, thanks y'all. I've taken this all into consideration and am having a professional check our water. In the meantime I'm attacking the algae problem per the LFS with a siamese algae eater (who is apparently going to get too big for my tank and I will eventually have to take him back....sad, he's super cute) and a new ammonia thingy for my filter and some stuff called stability and I've pruned all the visible algae off the plants and treated the rocks with 35% hydrogen peroxide.
Now, we will have a proper water filter installed in the upcoming week.
Still I have one last question: The only black beard algae I haven't removed manually is on the backs of my two assassin snails. We don't have a snail problem anymore, haven't for a long time so I'm not sure what they're snacking on these days but they're alive and well and have BBA growing on the shells.
Should I leave them alone or try to pluck it off or? It seems pretty rude for me to try to clean their shells.
Help! And thanks for all the previous help!
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