10-29-2012, 07:39 PM
| || | Water Softener Question
I've got a question on water chemistry that has been bugging me for a while now. So at my house, we have well water. So the water is very hard. We have a water softener that uses salt that all of the water goes through. I might be wrong, and if so somebody please correct me, but I think this is how it works. Hard water runs through the water softener, sodium ions get attached to all of the minerals (through some complicated process), which makes the minerals, metals, etc. "null". When I test the gh, it comes up as 0. I have always turned a valve so the water bypasses the softener, taken a shower, and done a water change. The result was a gh of around 7 (the natural hard water is 11). The pH is always 8.2. This has worked well for almost a year now. I have only kept/bred platies, a hardy fish. But i want to get into some tougher stuff. So I was thinking of using RO mixed with equilibrium (RO suppliment). But could I just mix equilibrium with the softened water, and treat it like RO? Because the minerals and such are all null. Would the salt effect anything? Would the pH be too high? I hope somebody can answer all of this for me. Thanks!