Boiling the Water - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Boiling the Water

Hi,

Just curious, what are the benefits of boiling the tap water before using it for water change in a freshwater aquarium setup?
xtn1179 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 01:01 PM
Member
 
Geomancer's Avatar
 
Very little, you can boil water to remove the KH (Alkalinity) if you needed to for some reason.

Use of a water conditioner that detoxifies chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals is all that is needed to make water safe for fish.
Geomancer is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 01:03 PM
Wouldn't boiling just increase the KH and GH?

.... I'm probably drunk.

This is how I lurk


Mikaila31 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
the reason i asked is that some of the forums i've read, says that it lowers the hardness of the water. I live in southern california, Los Angeles as a matter of fact and the water parameters here are horrible, though my fishes are fine and plants are fine.

Though lowering the hardness of my water supposedly will promote faster plant and fish growth.

Tap Water
pH 8
GH 300
Alkalinity is 150

the only thing i've done with my water is add Prime when i do my water change which is once a week.
xtn1179 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 06:11 PM
Member
 
Geomancer's Avatar
 
Boiling will reduce KH, but not really effect GH. GH is dissolved solids (minerals) that don't go anywhere when you boil.

To reduce GH (and also KH) the best option is to mix RO/DI water with tap. You can also use rain water, if you are not in too air polluted of an area which I imagine LA to not be stellar in that regard.

On the other hand, you have great water for live bearers who thrive in hard, basic water.
Geomancer is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 06:30 PM
Member
 
lorax84's Avatar
 
Unless you are running a still and capturing/cooling the the steam, boiling would have no effect. You are better off doing what geomancer said and buying RO/DI water and mixing it with your water. Most aquarium stores sell RO for 30-50 cents a gallon.
lorax84 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 03-06-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
thank you very much for the all the help. everyone's comments are most appreciated.
xtn1179 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 03-07-2012, 08:15 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lorax84 View Post
Unless you are running a still and capturing/cooling the the steam, boiling would have no effect. You are better off doing what geomancer said and buying RO/DI water and mixing it with your water. Most aquarium stores sell RO for 30-50 cents a gallon.
What, stop makin 'shine in order to distill some water? - never, you mus be nutso <hehe>
You might add a gallon or two of RO/DI or even bottled or distilled water with your water during water changes to lighten the load so to speak.

Father Knows Best but Abbey knows everything! I once knew everything, then I asked one question.
` ...><((((>` . . ` . . . ><((((> . ` .. . ><((((>
AbbeysDad is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water question deoinized water vs distilled water jaysix79 Saltwater Fish 13 02-08-2010 01:42 AM
Driftwood boiling JohnnyD44 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 10 01-24-2010 06:32 PM
How bout boiling Shells????? muffineatsfish Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 01-26-2009 08:16 AM
boiling wood sazzy Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 02-18-2007 03:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome