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Old 04-27-2011, 02:27 AM   #1
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Rain water

Could I use rain water for a top off? I have no acid rain where I live and it rains alot.
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The manner in which you collect it would matter. Other than that, there is little reason I can see it wouldn't work. I would check the ph and maybe pump it thru a filter first.
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Exactly what I was thinking kinda. I was just going to put my top off bucket outside before it rains, bring it in and run a HOB filter, carbon, and a heater. Sound good?
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sounds good so far, if you want to be sure, just do a full test and if its good, I would use it
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Someone else thought about using snow to fill up their tank for cycling; but like snow, rain forms around dust particles, so it won't be the cleanest water.
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I wouldn't use rain water... look up what it has in it.... first thing that should come to mind guy is acid rain.
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i would imagine rain water would be MUCH better then tap water lol
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:47 AM   #8
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Perhaps.. but then comes on to play the collection methods ... I use rain water for gardening and washing my cars but its off my roof and im aware of poeple using it for washing their clothes. I think it would be impossible to adequately place a rain barrel in the middle of your yard and get more then a few gallons even in large storm then debris from wind. Even anyone has a setup id be willing to give it a shot I've tested snow for the same purpose and only came up with rain water with a ph of 7 if i remember correctly.
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Doesn't matter about the just the acid there is all other kinds of pollutants in the rain water.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #10
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I was just referring to acid because it was first to come to mind... i would prolly use tap water before using rain water...
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