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Well water, with softener, then filter

We have very hard water from our well, so we have a softener. Then the water coming into the house runs through some sort of filter right outside the house. Anybody know what I'm talking about? Anyone know what that filter does? Comments/advice on using this water? It is possible to get water before the filter as well.

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The filter might be just for particulates, if so it's fine.
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I would use your water straight from your well. I am another fellow Floridian with well water, my kh is 10, gh is 13. Except for the 'softer' water plants, I have no problems, though I do need to add Mg to the water.

The salt your softener uses is not good for planted tanks.

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I don't know if I can get to the water before the softener. I can get to it before the filter, though.

I just got a gh/kh test kit today, so I'm going to test my tank water and tap water.

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See if you can test it before the softener. As Bert mentioned, softeners work by taking out the minerals that cause hardness, and replacing them with salt. Do you drink your water; does it taste salty?
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i have heard that a softener is good for RO water before the RO is that true?
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Yup. it save wear 'n tear on the RO membranes, by having the water remove those minerals rather, rather than the RO. the RO just then has to remove the sodium, and the stuff the softener misses.
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See if you can test it before the softener. As Bert mentioned, softeners work by taking out the minerals that cause hardness, and replacing them with salt. Do you drink your water; does it taste salty?
It does not taste salty. There is so much iron in the water here that you really can't not use a softener. Everything will be orange..your fixtures, your hair..

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