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Manganese prefilter for water softening?

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last year
last modified: last year

Summary: Looking for an affordable solution to reduce the manganese before it gets to the softening system.

Details: We have a well and water softener system and have had our water tested a few times. We know it is high in Manganese and the brine tank tends to turn cloudy and brown despite cleaning it every year. We also remove and clean the build up on the mesh screen filter and white nozzles on the Fleck 5600SXT every year or so. We do use res care to clean the resin. The softener does seem to take care of the Manganese and the water is soft, but we have salty service water leaving deposits on our fixtures and glasses in the dishwasher taste a bit salty. I read somewhere it can be due to the softener combating the Manganese.

It's a pain to keep cleaning the brine tank and filters and the salt takes toll on our fixtures. We are interested in a solution. Is there an affordable prefilter that will take care of manganese? We don't need a system that strips everything out of the water because the other levels are fine.

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When we originally moved in it was three of us. Now it's two. Our college son moved out so a lot less long showers and laundry. So I'm sure it needs tweaking. It can go several days (more like a week +) without regenerating. These settings were provided to me and every water tech that's ever come by has has a different opinion, some to make more efficient, some to save salt, etc. So if the settings are way off, please don't "shoot the messenger." I'm not a water tech.

Current settings:
DF GAL
VT df1b
CT Fd
NT ---1
C 24
H22
RS rc
RC 0
DO 14
RT 2:00
BW 10
BD 60
RR 10
BF 8
FM P0.7

48K Grains.
Fleck 5600SXT

Under the controller is a black label that says
.50 GPM
1.5 LB
SALT/MIN

Then on the back on a white label it says
INJECTOR 1
DRAIN FLOW: 2.0 GPM

Working on getting another water test. They have always shown the softener taking care of the manganese.


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