Moving to a new house, question about water parameters.
Hi there. We're moving to a new house, and the water isn't ideal in the town. The average hardness is 8 grains/gallon (if we had well, it would be 13-28). It is fluoridated and chlorinated. I live in the general area, and the hardness is basically all calcium (lots of limestone).
Other interesting stats from the water quality report:
Copper (1.3 ppm, if I'm reading it correctly)
Chlorine (0.8 ppm)
Not sure what else might be important.
I plan on installing a potassium water softener if only to have soft water in the house and for the water to be less harsh on our appliances. However, I also plan on keeping planted tanks with invertebrates. I've been reading that high levels of potassium as would come from the softener are bad for plants and for inverts, but I'm wary of a direct bypass as I'm wary of extremely hard water in a tank. I'm not sure I want the expense of a large RO unit.
Does anyone have any possible input? Trying to get my ducks in a row before we move in and especially before I start setting up any tanks.
ED: Should also point out that last time I tested the water in the area (all my testkits are in storage) the test came back with pH around 8-9. It was unreadable for the lower test.
Last edited by Ameisen; 09-06-2016 at 11:17 AM.
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