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Re: Clean & Soft Water Needed
I also collect rainwater in a 55 gal heavy plastic barrel (old Pickle
with a sealed top except where the downspout enters. I run a line into my
fishroom in the basement with a whole house filter on it using a charcoal
cartridge. With this I fill a 30 gal plastic stock barrel. Then I transfer
from the stock barrel into another 30 gal plastic barrel that has a
continuously running 200gph outside filter mounted on it. This setup gives
me plenty of clean rainwater with a good back up supply during dry spells.
gary l meyers wrote:
> Just a comment -- I set up a system to capture rainwater in 60 quart
> (uncontaminated) containers. The secret is to us a 5 gallon bucket that
> will fill up before overflowing into the
> storage containers thus filtering out any airborne particles. I then
> pump all the water through a 1-micron and carbon block filter before
> using. Super soft, neutral ph aquarium ready water is the result. I
> live in the Midwest though - we have no acid rain here.
> On Mon, 13 Aug 2001 07:47:15 -0700 "Ron Anderson" <yodeman at lycos_com>
> > Hi Dale, First of all, the killies you mentioned are not very
> > demanding when it comes to water perameters, unless you have liquid
> > rock for tap water. Your pH is more than adequate, but a more
> > important factor that you didn't mention is hardness. That is the
> > reason most people resort to using RO water, to reduce hardness.
> > However, I have heard from people mentioning that they had good luck
> > with the killies you mentioned in reasonably hard water. These fish
> > are more than likely very removed from "wild", and have become less
> > fussy about water. A couple of cheaper ways to reduce pH and
> > hardness is peat filtration and rainwater. JUst put some peatmoss
> > in a corner box filter and take it out when you get to the desired
> > pH. Use the rain in combination with your tap water until you get to
> > the desired hardness. But I wouldn't even mess with the tap until
> > you figure out that you are having a problem. As far as how long to
> > keep the eggs in peat, I think 4 weeks would do, but I water !
> > inc
> > ubate these species, so I'm just guessing. HTH, Ron
> > ---
> > Ron Anderson
> > Warwick, RI
> > 401-739-7670
> > alt email: ron at 110_net
> > On Mon, 13 Aug 2001 01:04:33
> > Dale Medina wrote:
> > >The Ph on my tap is about 7.6
> > >I was thinking perhaps the eggs would do better in a
> > >slightly low ph around 6.6 to 7.0
> > >I just bought some reverse osmosis water from the lfs
> > >to try and breed my striatums there. It costs .50 for
> > >each gallon. The ph from that water is around 6.8
> > >What's the advantage of R.O. water from tap water?
> > >Is there any other cheap way to get this kind of pure
> > >water without resulting into buying a whole system?
> > >And also, how long should I leave the FP. gardneri
> > >akure, striatum and chrm. poliaki eggs in the moist
> > >peat moss stored in a ziplock bag?
> > >
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