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RO/DI Question

Discussion in 'Tank Chemistry' started by Sophie1213, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Sophie1213

    Sophie1213 Amphipod

    Hi!
    We have Adams county water, and just about all the homes out here including my own, has a water softener. I don’t know enough about reverse osmosis systems, so would that effect it? Or is it installed before the softener? Adams county is also working on a mass water softening project so I was just wondering how/if this would effect an RO system?

    Here’s the link to the Adams county project

    https://www.sacwsd.org/251/Updates-About-Water-Softening-Project-20
     
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  2. halmus

    halmus Cuttle Fish Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    I’m not an RODI expert. I did a little searching on the inter-webs. I found the following thread on R2R:


    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/water-softener-rodi.259501/

    It seems like the general opinion is that the soft water isn’t going to be a problem. That anything the water softener adds which might be detrimental to the tank would be easily filtered by the RODI.

    I tried educating myself about the softening process. I remember my grandpa adding some sort of sodium to his on a regular basis. It looks like that’s still a reality, that the softening process removes Ca and Mg (probably others) and the byproduct is elevated sodium levels in the final “softened” water. So, the RODI needs to remove that sodium as opposed to needing to remove the native minerals in the original water source.

    Hope someone smarter than me can chime in and correct if I’m off here. It looks to me like you’ll be fine even if your utility supplies a pre-softened water. Just keep up with your RODI filters.
     
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  3. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Following along! I am curious as well. I even wonder if adding a water softener on my house would help extend the life of my filters since I get some pretty nasty calcium buildups on my bathroom fixtures.
     
  4. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Find out if you all have Chloramines and then call somebody like Water General. They are helpful and will have all of the answers. A water report might help them too.
     
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  5. Sophie1213

    Sophie1213 Amphipod

    Thank you! I will double check on the chloramines, and also appreciate the info on what softeners do. I have some research to do!


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  6. sadams

    sadams Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    For what it is worth, I did a little research and found that Denver Water uses Chloramines and then found that BRS has a Carbon Block filter which is very good at removing Chloramines (Universal Carbon Block 1 micron SKU: 208657), just for information/what I learned :)
     
  7. NickP

    NickP Copepod Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't know if Mark Mann is on here but he has a softener with his system and says its great. If you are on Facebook messenger give him a shout , hes a very helpful guy. he will give you every detail you need.
     

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