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Re: [Killietalk] Rain water vs. tap water
All this talk about water quality made me think to ask y'all (Yes I'm in the
south!) a question.
I started building a pond this summer. When I put tap water in it, it turns
to pea soup in about 4 days. (Tap comes from the Tennessee River via the
local water treatment plant. It is pretty soft, but I don't know any
numbers.) When I let it fill with rain water it stays clear for weeks. I
figure that the theoretically "distilled water" coming from the sky has no
(or less) nutrients than the river water.
A part of your mucking up comes from the sodium in the tap
water. Sodium compounds are more soluble in general than those of
Calcium in the soil, etc. This helps to bring more nutrients into the
water, most notably Phosphates. If you have soil in your pond, Sodium
helps to keep the particulates in suspension (Ref. adding Gypsum to
soil to break up the clay and make things stay put).
But is the aquarium structure where you can remove the particulates,
the sodium can be a partner.
The Very Best Water you can have is the Water you have MOST OF. You
will tend to change water more often when you don't have to go make
it or wish it would rain to produce it.
Stick with your tap water, take out the Chlorine and plan on changing
as much of your water as often as you can.
My question is: Which water should I use in my killi and other tanks? (I
Charles H. Harrison, Ph. D.
AtLasta Specialty Ink, Inc.
4600 South Square Dr.
High Ridge, MO 63049
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