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Old 09-30-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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New tank & well water. What cautions?

Setting up a new tank at a friend's. She's got well water. What do we look for for potential problems? Phosphates? Metals? What? She's going reef.

She understands that an RO/DI might be in her future.
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every well is different, without testing, it is hard to say. I am on a well, but use ro/di water.
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I use well water and skim. No problems what so ever. But agree with Hara. She should know how bad or good the water is, generally. I think with a good skimmer, well water is just fine.
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Not all but alot of wells are high in metals. I would play it safe and get an RO/DI or at the least have her water tested.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:57 AM   #5
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So, RO/DI will solve most well water issues?

What am I testing for? Phosphate, ammonia, nitrate? Anything else?
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You can test also but I was thinking about sending a water sample to one of these companies that will test your water and give you a readout of everything in your water
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:21 PM   #7
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Find someone with a TDS meter. Run all other tests at your disposal. If the Total Dissolved Solids are above 20, you may need to implement a R/O filter. If you are reading any phosphates or nitrates ( possible,especially if she's on old farm land) R/O is the key.
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I'm thinking...or hoping that an RO/DI will solve all the problems. We tested a few this morning. Got .75 on the ammonia. Wow! No trates, and Ph at 7.8. Haven't done the phosphate yet.

Even still, will the RO/DI solve all those issues? Potential phosphate, TDS, metals, and that doggone ammonia?

She never drinks it anyway. Now, she saids she knows why.
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RO/DI will fix all those problems you mention.
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Get her an R/O with a bladder kit for drinking water as well.
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