Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Moved and now have a water softener - do I need to do anything?
I live in SoCal and I have had multiple tanks set up for a couple of years using our extremely hard tap water. However, I just moved to a new place and we now have a whole-house water softener which is managed by the landlord so I can't really avoid it. Its nice for a lot of reasons (except I can't get soap off of anything, arrgh!), but I'm not sure how it will affect my tanks.
I am setting up a new tank and I will be filling it mostly with the now soft water. Do I need to do anything differently than I have been? Is there any sort of acclimation process I need to go through for my fish? They're currently in a bucket with the old hard water, but I will need to do a water change here shortly...
Some more info:
Community fish - rasboras, gold barbs, rummynoses, bristlenose, cories, angelfish, rainbow fish, loaches, nerites/MTS
Also have a nano cherry shrimp tank. I remember reading they are more sensitive to hard/soft water because of their exoskeleton.
Medium tech, going higher tech - dosed excel/flourish plus some dry potassium. Moving to a soil tank with CO2. Anubias, crypts, vals, swords, hygro. Will be getting a lot more plants - anything to watch out for there?