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    Water

    Just go home from talking with an older gentelman that had been in the hobbie for 35 years ( traveling all over the world, had to give it up) now the one thing that I found very interesting was he used rain water for water changes, he never even filtered it just add his mixture and off he went.

    Has anybody ever tryed this with any success?

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    He may have had success, but I certainly wouldn't try it.
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    Acid rain?

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    hmmm interesting, i guess as long as your roof is clean ( i'm sure its not ) from pollen, dust from streets etc... i dont see why not.

    acid rain.. we are not that affected here.. our rain isn't all that bad.. but unless the roof or device you are collecting it from is super clean, I wouldn't do it.... not counting bacteria, insects etc. neighbours spraying pesticides, herbicides, mowing lawn.. and the list goes on.

    Now if I was far from town, 35years ago.. ya.. i'd probebly try it.. less pollution and junk but would still require prefilters/carbon etc.

    The idea is great, and still doable, but would require some pre-filters for sure and carbon.. to be on the safe side.

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    i have to agree with the above, all the animal waste and chemicals used to make asphalt shingles ( just to add a few to livs list above ) couldn't be good for corals or livestock.

    IMO for a FOWLR you can use just RO but for a reef you need to use either RODI or distilled water.


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    I just found it very interesting, He had a massive sump for rain water, I think he said it was 10,000 gallons, so the sedements would sink to the bottom, he told me it was crystal clear, they used the water for everything, he had a well water for consumption, he lived on a farm just outside of town, his roof was metal. I like the idea of RO way easyer LOL.

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    with the right setup its doable.. and would be ecological too, great idea.
    you could try and setup something similar.. but for ease of the hobby, ro would be a great benefit, ( less algea etc )
    i'd love to see someone try it.
    being in town, no way I could try this.. need to find a place to hide a 10k gallon tank.. think my wife would notice it ?

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    The sump/sistron was probaly put in prior to building the home, my parents have one aswell, all rain water goes into it, my mom uses this water for everything from watering flowers to laundry, I guess back in the older days it was a quick fix if your well water was weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAZE View Post
    my mom uses this water for everything from watering flowers to laundry

    but did you drink it???

    don't get me wrong, i've drank from ponds and streams, even a puddle before when i needed to but i'm a much larger organism with a strong immune system. with all the pollution in the air, i would be to scared to try in my tank. maybe the next time they come around offering to test my drinking water ( to sell you an RO system ) i'll give them a sample of rain water and see what they say is in it.
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    ahahah priceless A4.

    sounds like that part from the Simpsons movie where Lisa gets everyone to drink the lake water without them knowing... an "irritable truth".

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