Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Due to backflushing of the water softener system with brine water, the water that comes out after the softener will have some salt in it. This should not harm your fish or shrimp but might harm plants that cannot tolerate salt.
Read up on each plant species you have and find out which ones will not tolerate salt. Other than that, you should not have any problems.
p.s. I had a house with the exact same water problems: it was like liquid iron. The iron caused iron-eating bacteria to grow, expecially in our water heater (not plumbed to the water softener, don't know why), and the bacteria created the rotten egg smell (hydrogen sulfide). It was harmless to people, but smelled bad. Our lawn sprinklers (with high-iron water) also painted large rust-colored swaths on our house, very bad to look at.
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