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filtering well water?

Is there a way to filter well water to remove most of the crap out of it without it messing up the hardness and Ph? Like, would a simple Britta filter attached to a fauset work?

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Put these in your waterline http://www.waterfilters.net/Filters/...wholehouse.htm they come in different sizes and different types of filters. You can get them alot cheaper off ebay. I myself run 4 12" filters inline before my RODI unit. first 20micron second 10micron third 5micron fourth carbon block.
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How offen do you have to replace the cartrages?

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It depends on whats in your water here I have lots of iorn and calcium I replace mine every 6 months its well worth the money for the filters they do an excelent job
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This maybe alot to ask but what is your yearly cost replacing the cartages every 6 months?

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I havent ever really thought about it I uasually buy them from home depot and im just guessing around $50. These filters are in the main line before the water softener then after that is the RODI unit. These filters save me alot of money if I diddnt have them Id be replacing RO filters way more often that cost quite a bit more. So these are saving my RO membrane from being replaced about 3times as often.
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Well, It sounds like this is the way to go. Now the trick is to convince my inlaws go get them.

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OK - I'll be the silly one: What kind of "crap" do you want to filter out of the water? Literally??

The filters he suggests remove solids (sediment) and organic molecules (such as those causing an odor or bad taste - but also including things that might be there like pesticide residues etc).

Really the sediments and organics won't matter much to your aquarium inhabitants. The sediments will be filtered out quickly enough and the organics would likely be taken up by your plants or eaten by the beneficial bacteria in the tank.

The main question is what specifically do you need to remove from your well water?

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Basically, the well never got tested, so I don't know if there is something in the water that is in high enough concentration to be harmful to fish. The well has been in use for 8 years with no ill effect to us (the humans). Plus we have a ton of sediment in the water which clogs everything, especially after a heavy rain.

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i second the use of sedimant filters not only will they make the water clearer but it your inlaws appliances cold water hot water any any other water using appliance will last alot longer.

i use one from lowes made from whirpool you would place it before any of the water enters an appliance, and i repalce my filters avery 6 months as well.

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I've used my well water for 15+ years on my tanks...freshwater cichlid, planted, reefs. I haven't had a problem with it ever.
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Besides talking my in-laws to get a sediment filter, should I look into getting a RO/Di unit? Frankly, these things kind of scare me. From my reading, the maintenance and cost seem over whelming. Plus, I can't have a unit that give me a very low clean to dirty water ratio. Since I will be using 80+ gallons a week for water changes I can't waste 80-160 gallons of dirty water at the risk of running our well dry. On top of that I have no idea how to reconstitute the RO/DI the get the proper parameters (i.e. kH and gH). I know I am asking a lot, but, you would be helping me out immensely. Thanks

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Test it with a freshwater master kit along with tests for GH and KH content before you worry about using it untreated. (IMO)
Better then average chance you could have no issues. API (cheap kits) give me consistent results that I've verified with Hoppy's sticky thread instruction on every kit. The only questionable results have been from the PO4 kits.


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I've used my well water for 15+ years on my tanks...freshwater cichlid, planted, reefs. I haven't had a problem with it ever.
Thats good but every well is different some people might have crystal clean water. My well is 180ft deep my water is hard and has lots of iorn and sediment in it. Before I installed sediment filters my water ruined washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerator ice maker we would have brown tint on white clothes from iorn. With that being said I did not install the filters for my aquariums but for the whole house.
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The question on the table is would my aquariums benifit from a RO or an RO/DI unit? Also addressing my issues above.

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