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Whole House Water Softener (Edit: Resolved)

My entire house has softened water.
Are there any ways to "re-harden" the water? I don't have the money to afford an RO system.

I was away at college and came back to find that a water softener had been installed on the main water line to the house. I have no access to unsoftened water at home.

This is terrible for my turtle/red ramshorns (no calcium) and for any plants I was hoping to grow. What can I do?

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RO doesn't re-harden water. it's a softener.
there are remineralizing (if that's a word) products that people use in conjunction with RO water, you can use those.
you can also add a calcium something like cuttlebone to your tanks if you think they need it.
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There should be a pipe which goes to garden, you can hook up to it for city tap water.
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As far as I can tell the garden faucets are softened water too.

What are these "remineralizing" products?
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As far as I can tell the garden faucets are softened water too.

What are these "remineralizing" products?
they're aquarium products meant to restore the minerals naturally found in water to softened water.
i know seachem makes one, and other companies do too...
http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...uilibrium.html
that's the seachem product. it seems to contain calcium as well.
i'd get KH and GH test kits if you don't already have them to be sure your water is soft enough to necessitate a product like this.
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Well, it turns out my dad had now clue about the installation. I went out there today with the manual and figured out how to access the bypass valve. Water changes will be done over the next couple of days to get hard water in my tanks. Thanks for the help.
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If using the bypass on the softener, you need to be aware that there will be soft water in the line from the bypass to the faucet used. Just let it run long enough to clear the soft water out of the line before getting the tank water. For my convenience, I installed a faucet just before the softener for my fish water.
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