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Old 05-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 
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Using rainwater for partial water changes?

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I collect rainwater to use on my orchids and have a LOT of rainwater at the moment. Would using rainwater for a partial water change be beneficial for Jack? Harmful? Thoughts?
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #2 
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It depends, lots of the time rainwater can be contaminated, contain harmful components, can change PH drastically, etc. So IMO, it's not worth the risk
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:38 PM   #3 
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erm.... I wouldn't because I live in the middle of a city where the pollution would end up killing my fish. I would only use pure country rainfall but even then it could be contaminiated seeing the cycle of rain + water and clouds and stuff.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:42 PM   #4 
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Hmmm... Rainwater comes from a lake, stream, or even the ocean. So, you don't know if it's fresh, or salt water. Plus, with the ammonia in it, I'm not sure if it's free of it or it's still in. If I were in your situation, I wouldn't try.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #5 
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Yeah, that all makes sense. An orchid isn't a betta and while the rainwater may be the best for the plant it may not be for the fish.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #6 
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Hmmm... Rainwater comes from a lake, stream, or even the ocean. So, you don't know if it's fresh, or salt water. Plus, with the ammonia in it, I'm not sure if it's free of it or it's still in. If I were in your situation, I wouldn't try.
It doesn't rain salt water, lol. Mostly it rains freshwater. Salt does not dissolve along with water so there is a by slim chance of there being salt water rain.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #7 
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Have to say, in my city it is safe to use rainwater, for the most part. I know a guy who uses it for all his changes, as he has a large rainwater tank. I wouldn't, though, especially if you don't know what your local rainwater is like.
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