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Old 08-29-2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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Ways to save or reuse water and still enjoy our hobby

I will start this off by saying some 14% of the water on earth is drinkable can you think of some ways to save or reuse water while still enjoying our hobby?

I have a couple ideas some practical some not
We could stop using the sink attachment on our pythons and let gravity do it's job.
We could use some of our water from water changes to water our flowers or lawn it has great fertilizers already in it.
A rainwater collector is a great idea expensive but an awesome way to save Money and water since most come with a filter so it's safe to drink

What are you thoughts or ideas??
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:50 AM   #2
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I've planned to put together a rainwater collector setup to pipe into my continuous drip system. It's not too expensive if you DIY everything. It's not really for a conservation reason as much as it is just to get some fresh clean dechlorinated water into my aging tank, so that I don't have to dechlor the inbound water all the time.

I guess you could take the nasty fish waste water and run it through a filtration unit and use it again, by that point it'd be safe to drink. Would probably get expensive though, idk.

I don't really have an issue with conservation. I have a drain pipe in my fishroom that runs outside along a flower bed, I just have yet to set up the continuous drip system that will be utilizing it.

I just don't really agree with the concept of saving water because 14% of it is drinkable. I agree that wasting anything just to waste it isn't a good idea, but not because we are running out.

Where does this 'waste' water go? Evaporation, utilized by plants/animals, or back into the water table, right? Does that mean it's wasted, really?

The air on planet earth is only composed of 21% oxygen, should we conserve that as well?

Not being facetious, but that does make a valid comparison using similar logic.
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I've planned to put together a rainwater collector setup to pipe into my continuous drip system. It's not too expensive if you DIY everything. It's not really for a conservation reason as much as it is just to get some fresh clean dechlorinated water into my aging tank, so that I don't have to dechlor the inbound water all the time.

I guess you could take the nasty fish waste water and run it through a filtration unit and use it again, by that point it'd be safe to drink. Would probably get expensive though, idk.

I don't really have an issue with conservation. I have a drain pipe in my fishroom that runs outside along a flower bed, I just have yet to set up the continuous drip system that will be utilizing it.

I just don't really agree with the concept of saving water because 14% of it is drinkable. I agree that wasting anything just to waste it isn't a good idea, but not because we are running out.

Where does this 'waste' water go? Evaporation, utilized by plants/animals, or back into the water table, right? Does that mean it's wasted, really?

The air on planet earth is only composed of 21% oxygen, should we conserve that as well?

Not being facetious, but that does make a valid comparison using similar logic.
Absolutely well said I I do like the idea that your drain pipe runs to your flower bed and a collector to supply your drip system is a great idea too for convenience if nothing else

And I completely agree that the water does go to other places it's needed but if we are using water faster then it can be replenished then in a sense we could be wasting it

But oxygen is out of our hands unless we plant more trees which we could help but that falls into how much can one person do we all need to follow suit to help a cause

Water is in our control not just by hobbyists but oil companies who use freshwater to cool there drills and such when they could use salt or brackish cause they use millions of gallons of water I just don't like the fact freshwater is used over an abundance of salt in this instance
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:41 AM   #4
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I would worry more about what people dump in your water than how much they waste. The problem isn't a lack of water, it's lack of clean, drinkable water.

In reality, all the water on earth is drinkable...California gets some drinking water via desalinization. Is it cost effective? Depends on where you live I suppose.

The people who are having trouble with water, generally live in places that geographically are not good places to live if you want to use a lot of water(most of CA, AZ, NM, Vegas, etc..). Those people, yes, need to conserve.

Ask places in the NE if there is a shortage of freshwater....They will pay you to take it away.
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I like to conserve water in order to keep my monthly water bill low! I do not have a ton of tanks though, so it is not a huge deal, but I do use my old tank water to water my flowers.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:29 AM   #6
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If you need some freshwater....Russia has most of it.

Lake Baikal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm not against conserving, but conserving tainted water doesn't do much good is all I'm saying.
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If you need some freshwater....Russia has most of it.

Lake Baikal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm not against conserving, but conserving tainted water doesn't do much good is all I'm saying.
Tainted how I am just saying it could be used to water plants instead of using clean water

I know the amount seems small for one person but if everyone did it that's a lot of water
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Tainted how I am just saying it could be used to water plants instead of using clean water

I know the amount seems small for one person but if everyone did it that's a lot of water

I'm all for using "dirty" water for watering plants/etc. When I say tainted, I mean contaminated with chemicals like MTBE's and such, that you do not want to reintroduce into the water table. LI has plenty of wells that are undrinkable due to this. Plenty of water, but it will give you cancer if you drink it.

I'm in agreement with you, but I think sometimes people forget that the chemicals they dump on the ground make their way into the water table. I guess what I'm trying to say is conservation is only good if you have safe/drinkable water to conserve.
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Absolutely I can agree 110% percent we don't want chemicals in the ground
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I agree on this thread 100% , in the part of AZ ( where I live ) a rain collector is out of the question cause we hardly get rain at all and a lot of us out here ( at least me ) have to use filtered, reverse osmosis , etc water cause tap water out here is really really hard. So what I do to help the water saving is after I drink a bottle of water if it gets luke warm and towards the end I save them and when it comes time to top the tank off or prime the filter I use the remaining water in all of the bottles. I know it's not much but sure bets throwing the remaining water away. This thread makes me think of more ways to help and save water cause AZ , water is not a norm.
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