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Old 09-09-2018, 03:14 PM   #1
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Water Softener (Potassium Chloride) Use

I have an 85 gal Discus tank among other smaller tanks and have just purchased a Potassium Chloride water softener system and Reverse Osmosis drinking water system for my entire house. Anyone have experience on using this softened water for tanks?
I have the option of leaving a valve available with the city water to use for my tanks. Looking for experienced advice on this. I donít want to hurt my fish. Thanks!

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Are the discus doing just fine in the tap water?
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Yes. Iíve had them for about three years and they are doing good.
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If I canít have them on the softened water, Iíll have to get a storage tank with a heater for water changes since it wonít be going through to the water heater.
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I wouldn't think potassium chloride would affect them adversely. If you switch over from tap water I would switch out say....10% of the water daily to get them acclimated.
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Water Softener (Potassium Chloride) Use

Gradual change is best. Also look into the buffering quality, I'm not a chemist but if its like other chemicals used to soften water, may "wear out" faster than you change water which could lead to parameter/ph swings. Not good for any fish, def bad for discus
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Thank for the insight. Iíll do more research. New water system goes in on Friday...Iíll post progress
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