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Old 08-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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This is my first post and must say lots of info here...had a fw 125 many years ago and have been reading about sw/reef. My tapwater comes from a community well. Before I even think about "diving" into reef tanks what is the best way to test my well water to see what I have to start with? I know RO is a must... I get a white mineral buildup on my faucet after 6 months or so.
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:15 PM   #2
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Jim,

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You can send your water off to be tested or get some kits and test it yourself. I would suggest an RO with DI unit. If you are getting deposits from your tap then chances are you will be replacing your filters a couple times a year. Where I am I can generally get a year out of my filters. When you purchase your RO/DI unit make sure to get one that has standard sized pre-filters so you can pick them up locally at Home Depot or Lowes.
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply!
When we are testing our water...what are the "key" items we want to verify? I am assuming nitrates, ph, hardness, ammonia??
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Those are good places to start. With out sending your water off to be tested professionally I'm not sure how much more you can really test for. If you have a pool place near you, they may be willing to test your water for a small fee. If not you may need to do a search online for a place that can test your water and tell you everything that is in it.

NitrAtes, Phosphates, Hardness those are things I would look at. You can also get a TDS meter (total dissolved solids) and see what's going on with your water as well. Do a google search for TDS meter. They are not very expensive and a good thing to have anyway.
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I agree with getting it tested. Alot of folks assume wells are better than tap but not neccesarily true. I agree with the RO/DI unit if not good enough.
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ITs very hard to get a long term test result. Whene trying to figure out any issue its best to eliminate its source. The water source is a major source and the only way to rule it out is buy filtering it yourself.

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Thanks for the information! I sent an email to our water manager to see if he can provide me with some information on the makeup of our water. I know he test for bacteria every month...I am the treasurer of our homeowner's association so I see the bills...
So....I live a block away from the Puget Sound...is it possible to use water from the beach?? Or any of the rocks?
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Beaches are a natural filter and contain many contaminates. For long term success you need total control from water source to stocking. Every control point you lose means future trouble.

A salt water aquarium or reef tank in a special thing and the ability to have one that not only lives but thrives in your living room is incredible. It takes care and special attention. Starting with the water source.
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Thanks for the quick reply..I will put away my buckets :p
OK so I need a RO/DI unit. I looked online and like most things there are many brands...any recommendations?
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You could start with just the RO unit and ungrade ASAP. Cant reccomend any but nothing fancy. Just maintane per factory specs and you should be fine.
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