08-05-2009, 06:40 AM
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I assume you are in Pennsylvaina? If so may I ask what part?
Since I don't know and I'm assuming you are...Depending where you are in PA here's what we've got. In my area the well water comes out with a PH of 6, and is perfect for most tropical fish. With a high iron in your water I am assuming you would be in the south west region of the state, say near Pittsburgh area. Of course I could be totally off as Iron deposits are found in various regions of PA. We just happen to be lucky here. I would first test your PH, most wells that I've seen here, are as close to perfect as you can get for aquariums. If you don't have a test kit take a moderate sample to your LFS, most will test your water for free, some may charge. This will give you a basic starting point on what you need to do as far balancing/cycling your tank. Once that is done if it turns out okay simply use the water as is, and start the cycling process. If it's gonna take allot to correct, I would seriously consider reverse osmosis.
Hope this helps some.