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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well water help...

A friend of mine had set up a tank for her children. She has well water where she lives. I am not at all familiar with using well water. I linked to her the sticky regarding cycling and recommended that she use a dechlorinator or stress coat being of the thought that it couldn't hurt. She had deaths and I am pretty sure that it is because the tank is cycling but what other advice can I give her about well water?
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 05:02 PM
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I've been using well water for years with no problems or deaths. The only thing is that the mineral content can fluctuate from time to time. My ph out of the tap is 6.2 but it buffers out to above 7 in my tank.

She can probably send away for a kit to analyze her tap water.

On the plus side - no chlorine :) I still use a water conditioner regardless.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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What I figured was a cycle since the tank is a week old.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 05:07 PM
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Yeah what size tank and how many fish did she add?

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon. I think she had a $.25 feeder goldfish.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 09:24 PM
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If you follow the methods in the link in my signature any potable water including well water is fine.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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One problem with well water is metals, usually from agricultural fertilizers seeping into the water table. The EDTA in Prime takes care of that issue. If she's local give her some of your mature media to jump start the cycle, with enough nitrifying bacteria switched over she won't even see a cycle, cloning FTW.
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Filtering the well water might be good. But ya that a cycle issue, .25 feeder goldfish was most likely sick and on its death bed (pet shops forget to feed the feeders, aslo they jam them in the tank 1000 at a time)
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-28-2015, 08:58 AM
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One problem with well water is metals, usually from agricultural fertilizers seeping into the water table. The EDTA in Prime takes care of that issue. If she's local give her some of your mature media to jump start the cycle, with enough nitrifying bacteria switched over she won't even see a cycle, cloning FTW.
Thanks for pointing that out. I totally forgot about metals

I've always used Prime in all tanks prior to and with current water supply so it obviously works well (pun intended )

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