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Old 11-28-2018, 12:23 PM
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Yup, that's what I was doing...a huge pot of simmering water, then a bowl of cold water and I would add some hot to that. This was when I had harvest about 50 gallons of melted snow water.

It's what I consider a big task because I have too many orchids. I know it, I'm guilty, there it is. So the pot of simmering water is taking up space where I might line up plants getting ready to be watered. The mixing bowl is taking up counter space. I have to monitor the boiling water and keep adding to it. I go through about 24 gallons on my big watering days.

And then there is brain fatigue. Last year, I accidentally poured a cup of simmering water on a plant. Quickly doused it in cold water and by some miracle it survived, but I don't trust myself to not lose focus. Wasn't going to divulge this, but there it is. I am now at maximum orchid capacity and no new plants are crossing the threshhold (...eh....unless there is a casualty that opens up a space...)

In terms of fertilizing, I use K Lite, and I add slightly more than 1/8th tsp to a gallon. I think it says 1/6th tsp on the container. So usually I measure a slightly heaping 1/4 tsp, and then split it between 2 gallon containers, or add it to a 2 1/2 gallon container.

Measured my cold tap water again last night and got a reading of 232. I'll be looking at the water softener and the piping. Didn't have a great experience with the company that installed the softener, which is why I don't have a lot of confidence that just the hot water is being softened. I have been using tap water for the catts and sometimes the neofinetias, everyone else gets store bought RO or distilled or "spring" water.
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:15 PM
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We plumbed the hot water in the kitchen soft and the hard water cold. That might be a thought. I just put a big glass measuring cup in the microwave to heat. Yes. I get the space thing. I put my water in kitty litter jugs and store them away. BTW, I wouldn't stress over the TDS. Mine, filtered twice is 142 my pH 6.1.
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Yes, it was supposed to be installed to only soften hot water. I can see the water softener feeds into the water heater and into the water supply to our boiler, but it also feeds into the water pipes to the kitchen and that's where I get lost. The TDS of the hot water is lower than cold.

I'm concerned about the TDS of the RO water that I have been buying from a grocery store, because it came up with a higher reading than my tap water and if that is the case, questioning the value of the RO water. My competitors at the water hole buy it because it is supposed to be chlorine and fluoride free, maybe it retains a high mineral content. I'll get a fresh supply of the RO and test again. Looking for a better solution overall because really not enjoying hauling so many gallons into the house when it is cold.
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I have the same problem...hard water/water softener. It is certainly a pain. People with perfect water will never understand....

I use rain water/snow (warmed to room temperature) and buy distilled water. I found I need to add plenty of Calcium and use oyster shell, egg shell and Cali Magic. I only have a few houseplants that will tolerate the softened water (as long as they are flushed well by summer rains) and that does not include the orchids.
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The TDS of the hot water is lower than cold.
It could simply be that your TDS meter does not have any temperature compensation, so reads differently at different temperatures. The way to test that is to pour glasses of hot and cold water, and let them stand around to reach room temperature, then test them.

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I'm concerned about the TDS of the RO water that I have been buying from a grocery store, because it came up with a higher reading than my tap water and if that is the case, questioning the value of the RO water. My competitors at the water hole buy it because it is supposed to be chlorine and fluoride free, maybe it retains a high mineral content. I'll get a fresh supply of the RO and test again. Looking for a better solution overall because really not enjoying hauling so many gallons into the house when it is cold.
1) It could be RO being passed through a "flavor enhancing" filter which restores calcium and magnesium.

2) It could be from an RO system that has not been maintained properly, so isn't really RO.

3) Maybe your TDs meter is a piece of crap. Most are, and while they may be fine for determining changes in dissolved solids content, they are not good for learning the actual level.

The obvious solution (to me) is the purchase of a small RO system. Not only will you be certain of your water quality, it'll be a LOT cheaper per gallon in a not-so-long run, not to mention no hauling of water from the store.
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Oho yes, RO system has been on my list for quite some time...
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