03-12-2012, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Granberry
Hi, hope it's okay for me to pop in. Just wanted to suggest you check your water softening system. Some of the new ones are different. For example, last year we put in a Culligan water softener. It does not add salt to our water. There are 2 tanks. One tank contains thousands of little beads that attract the minerals in the water, and those mineral salts adhere to the media. The second tank contains a salty, brine solution that flushes the minerals off the beads periodically during a "backwash cycle". That brine water goes out the drain, but NOT back into the water supply. I don't know if it's because my softener is so new, or if it's specific to the Culligan brand, or if it's because we had to buy a big one because our house has 5 bathrooms.
I don't know anything about salinity tests, but if the test results show high salt levels and you can taste the salt, then your system is probably not the same as mine.
Sorry about your fish. What an awful event!
Yes, my kinetico system is as you described it. I have 2 tanks and nothing holds softened water, it's an "on demand" system. It's been a few months since I researched it before purchasing the home.
I have considered buying water but for a 29 gallon tank, it is a bit impractical and even costly. If I was going that route, then biting the bullet and getting a kitchen RO system would just be the best way to go.
Thanks for the input everyone, I'm going to check the water softener system to make sure it's not backed up and allowing brine into the system and go from there.