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Old 07-16-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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I know the answer is probably "NO" but can I use lake water?

So I'm going to run a native fish aquarium - probably just a couple of bluegill and the occasional crayfish which I expect the gills to take care of sooner or later. Anyway, I'm reading all about cycling and that sort of thing here and elsewhere and the chlorine problem, etc.

Since I'll be catching my fish (it's legal where I live to catch and hold, but not to release) and transporting them back home in a cooler full of lake water - why not just use the lake water they're already living in to start the aquarium?

If I got the lake water a week before I got the fish, would that work? Remember, these aren't tropical fish - they're bluegill/sunfish and pretty hardy little fish.

Ok, so now that I've asked that dumb question, I'll just duck under this desk here and await the beat down. LOL
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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Actually I think it might work 0.0...... The lake water will eventually get cleaned all out by the filter...
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Can you? Yes. Is it generally recommended? No. Why not? Because generally speaking, you have no idea of the extent of pollutants in the forms of watershed pestisides or herbisides or other substances which have ended up in that water. While the fish may be successful in their native large body of water with its constant flow, sticking them into a glass box with that water is likely only going to lead to issues. Additionally, you may transfer spores, eggs, or seeds of organisms that you would rather not have in the aquarium along with that water.

Now on the flip side of that, I have started some native tanks in this manner, and then conduct water changes for a fairly extensive period of time using RO or RO/DI water. After about six months or so, start using dechlorinated tap water.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:44 PM   #4
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*sticks head out from under desk...

THANKS! Pretty much what I suspected. You know, every time I think I have a good idea... haha
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What if you boil the water. That would kill the harmful microbes right?
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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What if you boil the water. That would kill the harmful microbes right?
I think that would defeat the purpose of it benefiting the fish. Might as well use dechlorinated tap water. I have thought of this native tank idea... but then I thought of the things that might fly or crawl outta the tank into my house! Ha ha...
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What if you boil the water. That would kill the harmful microbes right?
Sure, but it is not going to do a thing for herbicides or pesticides, or any other type of chemical pollution that might be present in the water.

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I think that would defeat the purpose of it benefiting the fish. Might as well use dechlorinated tap water. I have thought of this native tank idea... but then I thought of the things that might fly or crawl outta the tank into my house! Ha ha...
Native tanks are awesome, just need a good screen top!
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I did not think about this. I honestly can't think of anything else.
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Sure, but it is not going to do a thing for herbicides or pesticides, or any other type of chemical pollution that might be present in the water.

Native tanks are awesome, just need a good screen top!
Wouldn't some activated carbon inthe filter help with the chemicals or pesticides? Id go with treated tap if it were me, but I'm just saying...
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I'd go with regular tap water also just to not have to stress on what the water might bring along with it. It's already bad enough that you have to be concerned with parasites and disease in the fish . What size tank are you doing? I'd pick a smaller and more colorful sunfish species if it were me, I'm not really a fan of bluegills.
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