Water Softener Sizing Round 2
I have finished collecting all the information I hope I need to properly size a water softener
SFR = 13.55 (I measured this at the hose bib in the softener room using the method described on the budget water website)
These are the tests results from the health department. All are ppm
Hardness as CaCO3 370 (21.6 gpg)
Manganese <.05>PH 7.6
Bacteria, nitrates, nitrites etc. are all 0
We have 2 adults and 2 kids.
I am considering using an Iron filter (terminox or filox) in addition to the softener even though my iron is low for the following reasons.
1. The iron filters don't use salt and using it would allow me to use a smaller more efficient softener.
2. I may start keeping aquarium fish again. I used to breed African Cichlids and they like hard water, but not iron. If I had the iron filter I would have plumbing after the iron filter but before the softener for the fish.
Am I crazy for using an iron filter with only 1.8ppm of Iron? I don't mind paying extra money now for long term salt savings but wondering if this is a good idea.