Paloverde (and anyone else)
Ok, trying to understand. Bear with me....
Personally, I don't want to deal with RO. I have issues with mobility of arms/shoulders and am not very strong. It is very difficult for me to fill the jugs (they have to be held in the air while filling), lifting in and out of car and carrying a ways into the house. If I have to use RO, then I think I need to get an RO unit put into the house.
The local fish store tested and said "WOW - your water is really hard! Also high alkalinity - use RO water and mix with your well water, till your numbers come down to normal ranges" A local fish club member was with me, and he said same thing - that it might be easier to use all RO water and rebuild it. At another store, a mom/pop type that's been around for years and years - she said my PH is to high - that is all she tested for. She recommended adding driftwood and maybe peat moss.
As a new person not used to dealing with water chemistry this is all confusing.
I bought test kits, and my well water tested (with API master test kit - and I did these several times with same results - carefully followed instructions etc.)
ammonia between 0 and .25
KH and GH tests both took 26 drops, 1 drop = 1 degree hardness, and the last one they list is for 12 drops/degrees. So, wouldn't it follow that 26 drops would equal 26 degrees?
When I look online, a KH of 4-8 is recommended, and a GH of 6-12.
Yesterday, the 25% well water, 75% RO water in the tank tested PH 7.6, KH 6 and GH 8. It tested the same a couple days ago. So I was thinking, great I have this ratio of well water to RO water figured out.
But, your saying since I have about 75% RO that the PH will crash?
I got this tank so I could grow plants and have a betta. I've loved them since I had them as a child. If I could have plants and a betta and only use well water - that would be ideal. Especially since small tanks are supposed to be unstable, water wise. It would make it easier.
But I don't want to have fish dying right and left, or end up with plastic plants.
Is there really a chance that I could use just well water with any success?
Thanks so much