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Old 12-22-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
 
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Byron, just goes to show you. The anecdotal information for this area has always been that we have hard water. I was going by that and decided to get the actual numbers after seeing so many suggestions on the site to do so. My primary concern is with the PH. First, it seems to greatly limit the variety of species for which I could provide a healthy environment. Second, it seems to run contrary to the hardness of the water. Any thoughts ?
This is not uncommon. My tap water is so soft the GH and KH are at 7 ppm which is about half of 1 degree. Yet the pH is 7.0 to 7.2. Prior to 2001 it was below 6. Reason? They now add stuff to raise it, to prevent pipe and appliance corrosion from acidic water, as someone mentioned earlier in this thread. As long as what they add doesn't mess with the GH and KH, you're fine.

Which is why I suggest the pH may tend to lower a bit. I would myself want it down close to 7, actually slightly below; we can discuss this if you want.

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #12
 
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Do I need to condition my well water seeing as there is no chlorine in it?

I am under the impression that it is the chlorine (or more accurately the chloramine) that the conditioners are for. I know it is hard water but I am not going to chemically adjust it, just pre-mix it to reduce the levels. I think that adding a conditioner that is not for chlorine may just chemically mess with the specs. I don't really want to add anything if I don't need to.
Your last sentence is wise indeed. There is no point in adding chemical preparations when they are not necessary.

One should use a conditioner that deals with your water issues, nothing more when possible. In your case, you probably don't need it. Check the nitrates, these can be high if the well is in an agricultural area. And minerals are another issue, thinking heavy metals (iron, copper, etc) here, but if the water is safe to drink, and you have live plants, this is not a concern.

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