Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: ontario, canada
Hi, I am new to this forum and I am seeking advise from those who know their stuff...
I have a few questions, so please bear with me...
Our water is very hard. Unlike most homes' water softeners, ours is connected to all water sources...every sink, even the hose outside, which seems so wasteful. We have a RO system in the kitchen so I do have access to RO. The pH of the softened water is 8, which is so high. I do not have tests for anything other than nitrite and pH, so I don't know the dissolved solids or anything. I have been using the tap water conditioned with prime for my axolotls and haven't noticed any health issues, but recently obtained a siren who likes softer more acidic water. I would like to start some planted tanks and I am still in early stages of research. I believe the softener takes NaCl, as its cheaper stuff. I have read that softened water is a no-no for plants. So I have a few questions on how I can use RO water.
-Axolotls like to have hard water with high dissolved salts. Can I grow plants with them?
-If I use RO water, what type of additives should I put in? is there a premixed solution available?
-Or should I be mixing my softened tap water with RO?
-For the siren who likes slightly lower pH, I use indian almond leaves but they are not working to lower my pH....also, I have pH down, which isn't working well on the tap water either. I am wondering if these products don't work well in softened water.
-I am thinking of getting a TDS meter, but I am pretty new and don't quite understand what I am looking for or how to fix the water...
*please note, this isn't my house or my softener system, I am living with my fiancÚ's family so I cant make changes to their softener system. Please keep that in mind when replying. Thank you for taking the time to read.
I just did some reading on Seachem's replenish mix. Is it suitable for replacing essential salts, Mg and Ca to RO water?
Last edited by Darkblade48; 11-27-2014 at 03:32 AM.
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