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saltyveins 09-07-2009 09:58 PM

Saltwater Well
Hey there.
We have recently tapped a saltwater well. I need ideas for removing the bad stuff from the water. I understand the basic principals of anaerobic bacteria and their waste needing to be removed from the water.
Currently we have a tower right after the sump pump where air is injected into the water through a venturi much like a skimmer. The gases are allowed to escape and the water continues to a series of glass cubicles each with an air stone. The water travels through each cubicle consecutivly until it drains into the outdoor system.
Are we doing enough? The water seems much less stinky but I can still smell the sulfer just a bit. We are successfully keeping ricordia, zooanthids, and a couple fish in the system. But I still worry. Any ideas on how to further clean the well water would be much appreciated.


onefish2fish 09-07-2009 10:30 PM

test the water first with a TDS meter as well as a test kit from your aquarium ( all the different tests you have avail. and if possible silicates and phosphates ) as well as check the salinity with a refractometer. you may also want to send a sample to a water company to have them run tests.
it would be an expense but using RO/DI water with your own marine salt is the safest method. welcome to the forum, hope that helps.

Kellsindell 09-17-2009 09:06 PM


Even aquariums like the Atlanta GA aquarium doesn't use sea water. They mixed their tank water before hand then then added the fish. And that's for all their tanks not just the giant tank. it's the safest and most trusted to not have a lot of bad things in them.

As for the expense... it may be the same as what it cost to get the well and water cleaned anyways... there are several water purifiers at great prices, you just need to shop around.

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