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 Post subject: Hello from Michigan/Big water problem!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:17 am 
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Hello All! I've been keeping African Cichlids for a few years now and just crossed my 110g over to a Front, Calvus, and some clown loaches.
I have a major problem I hoping you guys can help me with! My tank currently is being changed with water from my city tap, then using API stress coat to declorinate. I'm moving in a couple weeks to a house that is on a well. Water goes through softner with iron additive! And the water from outside faucet is to red/brown from too much iron.
Will switching my fish from hard water to soft hurt? I plan to acclimate slowly or buffer UP the hardness after refilling/ changes.
I'm not sure what to do without killing off my current colony! ! !
Any words of advise. Thanks for any Help!

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I have soft water at my house and we are on a well but I never use are soft water there is to much salt in it in my opinion. Are all the spickets putting out the red water.

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Yes. They all have a nasty tinge to them! I don't really want to change my species but I'm not sure if I have any other options. :cry:

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Unfortunately, that's out of my price range! I think I might have to switch to discus!

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welcome. this will help. it's basically a carbon pre filter. i don't have well water but i do use one of these myself in case anything bad gets in the water. it will hook up to your python or other water changer really easy. you do need to get a fresh one every few months. pretty cheap though. worth a shot. hope this helps.

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And I can hook that up to outside spigot, and it will rid of my orange tinted water that I'll fill my tank with? Then use API stress afterwards?

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outside spigot yes, or straight to you're python water changer out of the sink........missed the part about the orange water. honestly not sure about that part. sorry. i put my dechlorinator in before i fill the tank but to each their own. not sure you would need it being that you're on a well though. i guess it does help with slime coat and things. carbon is kind of a band aid to keep water clear in filters. i would imagine a carbon pre filter would help but probably not a total fix. if it was clay making the water orange it probably wouldn't be a big deal health wise for your fish, but iron could be bad in the long run. i guess my revised suggestion is a bunch of buckets and seeing if you have a friend who is on a better water supply that would let you "borrow" some water regularly. not sure if that is an option. my bad for not reading your post thoroughly the first time.

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Welcome.....I am going to drive a lot of those on this site crazy. I change my water from the faucet in the bathroom down in my basement. All of my tanks are downstairs. The water is from our city service and this is where it may get crazy. The water goes through my water softener. So the water I use is soft water. I get the hardiness back to the level I need by adding 1 table spoon of rock salt for ever 10 gallons of water changed. I also use Prime as an additive for water treatment. I checked my level from time to time and they are always right here they need to be. I have been doing the water changes from the downstairs bathroom for 10 years now and I average water changes ever 10 days. So I am sure if you get the PH and levels where they need to be the soft water is not as big a deal as some might think. My WC Mikulas are do fine with what I am doing. :D


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Thanks, does anyone know how I can post some pictures of how I made my Issue work? Figured it could help show people!

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sure. the easiest way is to create a photobucket account (photobucket.com). upload your pics. then copy the IMG code and paste it in your posts here.

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