Using untreated well water - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 87
Using untreated well water

We have a well, which used to be the water supply for our house before we switched to city water. The well is no only used for irrigation in the garden. It's groundwater which isn't treated at all.

I assume that this water would be better suited for the aquarium than our tap water, right? If that's true, are there any tests that I should have done before using it (like e.g, iron levels)?

thanks!
Paul.Gitter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 10:38 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
brandon429's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Playas, NM
Posts: 581
sudden rains can bring raw ammonia into well water via percolation so watch out for that

small old reef tank:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


still running in 2018

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
brandon429 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 01:00 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Texan78's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: North Texas
Posts: 835
If you can take a mason jar sample to your local water district or supply company and they should be able to test it for you. Then you can know what you're working with and go from there.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Texan78 is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 01:09 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 1,572
My home uses well water as the only source of water. I have a sediment filter after the pressure tank and then to a water softener. I bypass the softener to provide 'raw' well water to my aquariums. The problem with my well water is that I have clear iron which once exposed to air tends to leave a reddish color to the toilet, sinks and other household water uses.

I have had no problems using this water for my aquariums, the fish are thriving and most plants do well.

My suggestion is to have your well water tested for the usual contaminants to see if it is suitable for use as drinking water. If it is, I don't see where it would be a problem for use in your aquariums, of course that depends on what species you would be keeping and the pH, GH and KH of your water tests.

Of course if you stopped using the well water as the primary source for your home due to a problem with the well water and switched to city water, further testing might be beneficial.

As far as I am aware, most cities don't permit having both water sources inside the home at the same time due to possible cross contamination to the cities source water so you most likely only would have access to cold well water from the outside faucets. Heating that water for aquarium use would have to be considered also.

Dee
__________________
Eheim Pimpette #270
Eheim Pro II 2028; Classics Series -2215, 2217, 2260, 2262; Pro 2229 Wet/Dry
deeda is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 87
We stopped using it, because the city forced us on water/sewer to give us a permit to remodel. They forgot to decommission the well as planed, so we use it for irrigation - it's directly hooked up to our drip water system and to one sprinkler. We don't have any faucets (just one in the pump house). The pump house is only about 30 ft from where my aquarium is.

for heating I bought a Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower ($120 at Amazon). This claims to heat 1.5 gallons per minute using propane. I will give it a try. If that doesn't work, I plan to pump the water into a drum and then use an immersion heater to heat it to 75F.
Paul.Gitter is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome