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Re: Now Never returned to the wild

Or, you could solve your water problem by using RO/DI water from the local
pet shop or grocery store.  If it's available of course.  I generally try
to keep about 20 gallons of bottled water (it's about 30cents a gallon) on
hand.  I use it exclusively when transporting or shipping as well.  Just a


On Wed, 8 Jul 1998, Herb Harris wrote:

> Jeff,
> 	The problem is one that is simple for some folks, but not for others.
> If you are like I am, if there is any chance that I will need to
> quarantine a fish (always), you will use the water from the place that
> the fish were collected from for most water changes. That reduces the
> chance that the local public water supply will introduce pathogens into
> the tank that I am not aware of. Even with chlorinating, the water
> supply treatment doesn't kill all pathogens, and certainly not all
> parasites. So, even after quarantine, the fish that eventually get into
> the treated public water I treat like they are now carrying NEW stuff
> from the NEW water supply. I must admit, I'm too lazy to BOIL every drop
> of water before it goes into my tanks.
> 	This makes life for the city folks sort of hard, unless they care to
> drive to where the fish were collected from! Sort of out of the question
> for most I'd guess, so the way the policy is makes sense to me
> personally, as not a lot of folks will go to the extreme that I do to
> get fresh creek water from the specific location of the specific creek
> that I collect from to do initial quarantine water changes with. Even
> then, I don't put fish back, cause if they don't make it through
> quarantine, or get too big for my tanks, they will be frozen and then
> either burned in the next brush fire I set to discard old lawn waste, or
> burned when I cook supper. :)
> Just something to think about,
> Herb
> Kudzu wrote:
> > 
> > Well actually I have to say that I have a problem with this too. One
> > of the things that attracted me to natives was that if I was keeping
> > say Large Mouth Bass, when he got to large I could return him to River
> > from where he came. I understand the point about disease and can't
> > argue with that. However if all the fish are kept in a native tank
> > that had nothing but fish from the same body of water odds are there
> > would be nothing present that was not all ready there.
> > 
> > This was one of the big things that attracted me to setting up a River
> > tank.
> > 
> > Jeff <*\\><
> > "Consider carefully what you hear", he continued "With the measure
> > you use it, it will be measured to you -- and even more.  Whoever has
> > will
> > be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken
> > from
> > him." Mark 4:24,25
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