Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Hunterdon county New Jersey usa
Water changes with very low pH
I have a 250 gallon tank soon to come online.
One of the sticking points currently is how to do a 125 gallon water change (50%) with well water that is too soft and with a pH of 5.8 out of the ground. Once aerated the water comes up to pH of 7.7.
I cannot run it through the water heater because the heater is full of water that has already gone through the water softener and calcite bed. Thus, the water now has too much sodium and a dkH of 14.
Apparently I need to heat, aerate to correct pH and adjust levels of the well water: Ca= 15ppm, KH= 2dkH, GH=2~3 dH, Mg= 1.74, NO3=1.5ppm.
The only solution I have come up with is to get a 125 gallon tank and heat, aerate and adjust levels in it then do a water change.
Does this sound like the way to go or is there something easier?