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ShawnMcc 06-24-2007 06:55 PM

Using rain water
 
Now if I want to use rain water in my aquarium what should I do to treat the water before I put it in. Anything or just the usual water treatment chemical.

fish_4_all 06-24-2007 07:56 PM

If you are collecting it as direct run off off a clean source you don;t need to treat it all. I have collected rain water this way in clean 5 gallon buckets and used it and did not treat with dechlor as it should have no chlorine. If you are getting it off a roof or other "unclean" surface I would be leary to use it at all because it could collect pesticides and other unhealthy residue.

Lupin 06-24-2007 09:13 PM

If you live near the industrial areas, rainwater is not the best water you can used. It is likely to have been contaminated by pollutants.

leifthebunny 06-24-2007 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
If you live near the industrial areas, rainwater is not the best water you can used. It is likely to have been contaminated by pollutants.

Or in southern California :P

mHeinitz57 06-25-2007 09:54 AM

yup, I just moved here from San Diego and LA and there is no way I would use rain water, lol.

Trishfish 06-25-2007 09:36 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't rain water very soft and acid?

Lupin 06-25-2007 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Trishfish
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't rain water very soft and acid?

It is.

fish_4_all 06-25-2007 11:58 PM

Mine here runs about a pH of 6.8-7 and soft isn't the word for it. As long as I don't set my buckets out the first night there is nothing in it. I did test the first rainfall after a lng dry spell and I will never use water like that again. pH was 5.8 and was almost a milky blue for some reason. After 3 hours or so of good heavy rain it changed back to normal and was crystal clear.


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