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Old 01-29-2007, 03:49 PM
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My house is on a whole house water softner except my outside spigots and the fill line to my water holding tanks for my aquarium. I set this arrangement up so as to not use the softened water in my discus tanks. Yes I know that discus like soft water and Cyphos would love my straight hard water. I did this because the discus were sensitive to the salt exchanged in the soft water set up. I had considered using the softened water followed by an RO unit to take out the sodlium. I am now leaning in the direction of changing my 175 bowfront to a Cypho tank. So why not go straight from the tap? My water in Kansas comes straight from the well and has a ph of 8.0 to 9.4 depending on the time of year.

The ph is not the problem, the calcium is. There is so much calcium buildup, it destroys my equipment. I go through pumps and filters like crazy. A mag drive pump will be so gunked up it won't turn within 4-6 months. My pumps on HOB filters burn out. My heaters get a 1/4 inch layer of calcium deposit on them in no time. ( if the softener goes out, my shower heads quit working from the buildup.) I would like to soften the water just enought to save my equipment. I have soaked my equipment from time to time in muriatic acid to clean them up but I am getting tired of this routine. Any concern about the salt from the water softner if I convert to softened water?
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this sounds very interesting just wondering how soft your going to be making your water and what would the pH be in your soft water

i know my fish are fine in 7.4 - 7.6

more info please and i cant see how your getting a calcium reading ?
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Where I live, there is so much Calcium carbonate in the water that even with the softner the ph is still 7 or above. I haven't actually measured the calcium but my GH is about 40. This area is all limestone bedrock and the well water is hard, hard, hard! My hope is to get it down to a ph of between 7.5 and 8.0. I know the cyphos. can tolerate it particularly if I don' make the water so soft as to be acidic.
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I've been wondering the same thing.

How would softened water effect the fish?

Does anyone use softened water?

What adverse effects could soft water have?


My wife has been bugging me to get a water softner for the longest time. I plan on hooking it up so that my utility sink cold water line is hard, but the hot is soft.(All water changes go through the utility sink.) How would this work?
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I also have a whole house water softner system. It seems to be working fine for all of my tanks. My ph is about 7.6 now
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Thanks for the reply. I would like to visit with you sometime about your fish and set up. I am at work now but will PM you later if that's ok.
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Thanks for the reply. I would like to visit with you sometime about your fish and set up. I am at work now but will PM you later if that's ok.
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Your more than welcome to stop up for a visit and tour
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