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I'm on my way to setting up my first planted tank, and had a few questions. Namely concerning the quality of my water. My entire house's water supply is softened using the sodium variant. I've seen people suggest using baking soda to reduce swings in the PH, but I'm mostly concerned with the sodium content. Aside from using a reverse osmosis system is there anyway to lower the sodium content?

Thanks for any advice, as I'm stumped.
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On most water softeners, it is possible to bypass the softener temporarily using a valve/switch.

This is the method I use when I am doing water changes on my aquariums.

If not, you could always look at water sources that are not softened (i.e. outside water taps).

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Unfortanately my softener doesn't have a shut off/bypass. And actually it appears that literally everything connected to my water system is run through it, even outside pipes. I've thought about installing a bipass before it but was hoping there was an easier way.
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Unfortunately, those would be the two easiest ways.

Your alternative method of plumbing in a line before the softener would be a solution too, but would create work.

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I wouldnt worry too much about sodium. A lot of people, myself included have no troubles with softened water. You will, probably, have to use a GH booster to remineralize the water somewhat if you're trying to grow plants.

BTW, baking soda raises KH which you probably have a lot of already. A softener doesnt remove KH, it just removes GH. I would forget about adding baking soda and instead invest in GH & KH test kits.
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Thanks for the advice guys! I think I'm going to start the cycle using the softened water and then add in a bypass valve and cycle in unsoftened water through water changes. I really appreciate the advice!
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You can also use KCl instead of NaCL, cost a little more, but no sodium.
I would get a plumber and by it or DIY.




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