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Horrible water conditions. RO will help?

Ok. I’m not a newbie to aquariums but I’ve never lived where the water is so terrible for sustaining one nicely. So I’m asking this. If I purchase an RO system, would that rectify the situation?? I have a 75 gallon tank. I do not dose the water. It is a mineralized topsoil and clay loam setup. I would 30-40% water change every few weeks with weekly top offs like I used to.

PH is 8.4+
KH is 300+
GH is 300+
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Ok. Iím not a newbie to aquariums but Iíve never lived where the water is so terrible for sustaining one nicely. So Iím asking this. If I purchase an RO system, would that rectify the situation?? I have a 75 gallon tank. I do not dose the water. It is a mineralized topsoil and clay loam setup. I would 30-40% water change every few weeks with weekly top offs like I used to.

PH is 8.4+
KH is 300+
GH is 300+
My tap water runs at 7.8 and 20 for gh and kh (using API test kit)

We have a water softener system (salt) for the entire house and an RO system for drinking water.

Coming out of the RO water is pH 6.6, and 1 for gh and kh. I have to dose for both gh and kh itís so low.

With that said, definitely get an RO system dedicated for water production for water changes. Our home RO system only puts out about 0.5 gph. Leaving it on 24/7 for water production is not what itís designed for.

Iíve seen the BRS RO/DI units and may be purchasing one soon!
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I would highly recommend R/O in your situation. The tap water here in MN is about the same as yours and I've had much more success keeping plants and livestock healthy since I got an R/O unit.
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