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Old 04-27-2011, 10:54 AM   #11
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All rain water is acidic to varying degrees. Some rain might be very close to a pH of 7, but I would say 90% of rainfall in America is actually pretty acidic thanks to pollution. Rainwater actually has a lotta stuff that you don't want in it and remember, just because you live in a pollution free area doesn't mean that the cloud where the rain came from was pollution free
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All rain water is acidic to varying degrees. Some rain might be very close to a pH of 7, but I would say 90% of rainfall in America is actually pretty acidic thanks to pollution. Rainwater actually has a lotta stuff that you don't want in it and remember, just because you live in a pollution free area doesn't mean that the cloud where the rain came from was pollution free
That is a vary smart statement.
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Also I have like 10 buckets from salt that I buy, maybe I can put all those outside, put a screen or cloth over the top some how to filter out some dirt and run some tests on them and run a filter then use it in my frag tank and see how that goes because I only have three frags in there and they came from my tank so I didn't buy them.
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Certainly acid rain would be an issue I would check with a PH meter. Filtration can eliminate any atmospheric particles you might be concerned with. Deionized R/O water is without a doubt the best makeup water you can produce at home, but filtered rainwater, PH balanced, would be far better than any tap water available.
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I'm trying to save up for RO unit. I'm thinking homedopot might have them
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:19 PM   #16
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They are all over eBay as well.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:37 PM   #17
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Idk if I trust eBay
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:43 PM   #18
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Different strokes for different folks. I have been a power seller on eBay since 1998. Have been burnt very few times and have saved some serious money. Compare pricing by doing a Google shopping search and you can determine quickly the best price for the filter.
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Lets forget the fact that rain coming from the sky may or may not be clean. How much rain do you get in your area? So if you have 10 buckets and get 2" of rain in a week....that still not a lot of water, maybe not enough to even do top offs. You'd need a really large area to cleanly funnel the water in. Just putting the buckets out probably wouldn't be enough, just a thought.
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Just collect it from a clean surface, even a plastic trash bag stretched out. You need to filter the water and maybe even boil it. A lot of trouble when R/O units are 50 bucks.
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