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Old 03-20-2004, 11:15 PM   #1
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rain water?

Think rain water would be better than tap?to much pollution?high ph or something?
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Depends on where you live. If you live in or near a big city or anywhere there are factories (smokestacks) chances are the water is polluted somewhat but if you are way out in the boonies then I would test the water but I think you would eb fairly safe. Anyone tried it?
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IMO it would not be a good idea. It would be difficult to collect anyway. Most time when it rains it's only like 1/4 or something so you would need a huge tarp to collect it. I think the hassle would not be worth it. I'd also worry about the pollution like mentioned.
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some people have rain collecting systems and use that for drinking water, of course there's probably some sort of filter on it... as far as pollution goes, it really doesn't matter where you are... Pollution travels very far in the air... you could be 100 miles from a factory but it could still give you acid rain or something you know. I think it might be worth expirimenting with for maybe a guppy or something... I wouldn't try it on anything expensive... fish live in ponds in people's backyard where rain falls, it doesn't kill them, usually... but I do agree with the collecting being a possible pain in the neck... You would either need a big surface to collect off of, or collect over a long period of time, but then some of the water just sits there and you run into other problems... so... I wouldn't give you a thumbs up or down... up to you in my opinion...
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Well I just meant that i would do it where I live but would not if I lived in Toronto or Detroit or something like that. Seems like more of a pain in the azz to me than it is worth. Good luck if oyu try it though.
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Hey! What's wrong with Detroit?
I wouldn't do it anywhere. Mt. Mitchell, NC... over a mile high, one of (if not THE) highest point in the eastern continental divide. There's not a huge city for a good distance...acid rain there was wiping out many of its trees. So, doesn't matter where you live, I'd just break down and buy a RO/DI...and I did. Interesting concept, but probably not feasible.
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Collecting would be easy thats what gutters are for then maybe I'll run it through a brita filter set up or something.BUying RO is just a rip and I can;t afford to buy a unit and if I could I probablly wouldn;t I am the frugal reefer at heart.There is another way **** it.I'll keep you posted up if I do anything
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IMO Rainwater is not much different than tapwater. Unless you have a multitude of test kits or get your local rainwater lab tested I wouldn't use it. Any pollution aside, rainwater can contain minerals, metals, salts etc. A Brita filter will remove some larger molecules and make the water look and smell better but it will leave lots of stuff. Depending on what's already in your rain water, when you add a salt mix you could be adding compounds that are already in it causing imbalances in your tank. As mentioned, I would buy the RO water or buy the RO unit...reefing is an expensive hobby and you are trying to skimp on the most vital element of the hobby, water.
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I have a buddy that lives in PA and he tried to collect a bunch of snow and melted it in bucketts. Needless to say, he wiped out his whole tank. So with that being said it's my suggestion that declorinated tap water would be much safer.
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Collecting would be easy thats what gutters are for
I do hope you are joking. Collecting rainwater runoff from a roof is a BAD idea. New roofing shingles are Fiberglass-Asphalt Construction. Stuff collects on the the roof surface. Everything from tree pollen, bird droppings and all sorts of airborne pollution. A Brita filter is not going to remove enough to make it potable.

jackdp gave you good advice. Get an RO unit. You can get a RO/DI unit on eBay for under $100.00.
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