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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-29-2015, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is water-softened tap water okay to use?

I have a salt-based water softener and I'm on a well. I was told by someone on Facebook (not a solid source, I know) that I shouldn't use water-softened water in my tanks. But why?

I have been getting water directly from the garden hose and using Prime to condition it when doing my water changes. The parameters are great with the exception of the pH being a little high, but my fish are used to it.

Can I use water from my tap? If not, please explain. Thanks.
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Hello tiff...

The vast majority of fish you get from the fish store will do fine in the vast majority of public water supplies. They've been adapting to different kinds of water for decades. Just use a water treatment to remove the chlorine and chloramine the public water people put into the tap water to make it safe to drink.

As for pH, the fish don't know what that chemistry stuff is anyway. A pH between 6 and even 8.5 is tolerable for most aquarium fish. As long as you're not working with rare fish species, most water supplies will work.


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Hi B,

Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.

I am on a well. No chlorine here. I just ordered a KH and GH test kit to see what the parameters of the tap water are.
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I have a water softener here in fl I use that water for all my tanks never had any issues with it
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