01-29-2010, 11:49 AM
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Help Wanted: My Well Water Is Rusty And Full of Sediment
Here is the back story. Last July I bought a 55 gal tank with a stand and all the accessories. It's decorated with about an inch of aquarium gravel and a large driftwood structure with a cave. I also have a small rock formation with a tree growing out of it. I currently have 5 Tiger Barbs and 2 Pictus Catfish. I'm looking to add one more Tiger Barb and a few more compatible fish.
The problem I have is with my fresh water source. My well water isn’t really suitable for keeping tropical fish. It occasionally comes out rusty and stains our laundry. It also can come out very cloudy. We are forced to use bottled water for all our cooking and drinking needs. I did try a Britta faucet filter but the water was still full of sediment and not crystal clear. Then I decided that I could just spend the $3.50 to fill up two 5 gallon jugs at the supermarket and change my water that way. Since it's a bit of a pain to change my water, I only vacuum out 10 gallons of water every two weeks. It seems to be working fine so far but I would really like an effective way to filter my well water.
Has anyone ran into this situation? What type of filtration system do I need to filter my well water? Could a Reverse Osmosis filtration system work for me? Also I'm not looking to filter the water for the whole house, just for my aquarium. Any suggestions on my well water problem or any advice on fish keeping would be great.
Last edited by IceBerg; 01-29-2010 at 11:56 AM..