well water...need stress coat?
I have well water with a reverse osmosis filter so from the research I've been doing it appears that I should not have chlorine, chloramines or hard minerals in that water so do I need to use stress coat? When I read the description of stress coat the only part that it sounded like I needed was the "Aloe Vera to help repair the natural slime coating that fish need when stressed." Do I just need some aloe vera then?
I, too have well water and do not use water conditioner at all. Zero problems.
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Last edited by Pr0eve; 01-08-2008 at 10:37 PM.
Well water can still have hard metals and chemicals in it cause because of poolution there is harmful stuff in everything now. Depending on where you live you could use it or not use it but adding a stress coat is always a good idea in my opinion.
If you haven't lived at your home for as long as the well has been in there I suggest using stress coat, water conditioners and such. There are many chemical treatments out there used for cleaning out well systems and pipes that you never know whats been put in there. Also with most people who have well water, most have septic systems. Septic and whatever you put in your septic, plus lawns can also eventually leach into your well water. Filters are fine for home use, but I would still put in the extra precautionary steps to insure that your water and fish are going to be safe. I have well water but still use the regular conditoners just for those "what if...." situations.
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with no fish you can have pure RO. It has no minerals that are beneficial. You need to add a little remineralizer. The pH in that water is 5. The only thing it would be good for is discus, but they still need a little minerals in thier water.
Originally Posted by gemini69
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-2 SAE's, 13 threadfin rainbows, 6 White Cloud Mtn. Minnows and a dwarf gourami
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Thanks for your thoughts folks. I'll keep researching and test my water when I get my test kit and then I'll go from there.
make sure you test your water for everything you can. pH, hardness, nitrite, etc. tests should turn out fine but it's not treated water so its good to check anyway. I assume you've had this water tested since you drink out of it, but there could be other contaminates such as DDT.