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R/O or not

I am going to be keeping dwarf crayfish with my plants. I have a very heavily planted aquarium. I live out in the country and use a water softener. Should I get a r/o-di system. I have had my well water tested and they found nothing harmful to human beings. Matter of fact, due to the lair of sand in my area the water is way below normal contamination levels for my area. I would really like to hear some opinions and advice on this matter.
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Do you have the test report? That would definitively clarify things.
Normally you want to get your aquarium water before it goes through the softener.

RODI gives you a lot of control, but its also a PITA to have to mix a bunch of stuff back in.


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Unfortunately I don't have the report. It was taken last year when we sank the new well. Hooking it up before the softener is not a problem and I don't mind the mixing. I have a brand new 50 gallon plastic drum (never used). It is just I don't want to buy another r/o system if I really don't need it. If I can get the report again, what should I look for in it that would indicate I need a r/o system?
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I'd just check for any potential red flags, (excessive ammonia/nitrite, or a silly level of nitrate) and see if the rest of the parameters fall roughly where they should.



Beyond that, its just making sure your hardness and such are not too far out of line with the fish you plan on having.


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I guess I could get a small r/o system because the only thing high was the hardness. It is 800 on my EC tester
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I have well water and my nitrates are very high at 51ppm. The plants love it and I wouldn't worry too much about the fish either. However I like filtered water to lower the PH to make compressed CO2 easier to use. To bring the PH up to where I want it, I mix RO with tap water to get the PH to what I'm shooting for. Much easier than adding all the stuff you can buy.

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