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Old 09-19-2012, 08:04 AM   #1 
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Zamboanga City, Philippines
Rain water is bad?

My local fish breeder said that rain water is bad for my fry and fishes, how true is it?

I always use rain water for hardy fish never did try it on my betta's comments anyone?

I use my rain gutter which guides the water all the way down and place a bucket.

or just place a bucket in the middle of the yard while the rain is strong.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #2 
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I think it depends on where you live and how acidic the atmosphere is.

If it has been raining for a while and the chemicals have been cleaned out of the air, then the rain water can be good.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #3 
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I really depends on your location and if you live in a high air pollution area-as well as your roofing material....

I collect and use rain water all the time-plus all my Bettas outside spawning all seem to do well in the rain water, however, it has been limited for the past 2 years due to drought. I had to stop breeding the soft water species I normally breed due to the limited rainwater that I need to use for eggs/fry growth/development.
IMO/E- Betta are fine with or without soft rainwater for-keeping, spawning and rearing fry.
My Bettas/eggs/fry- do equally well in my well water that is over 300 KH/GH compared to rainwater 20 KH/GH

I collect my rainwater from my shingle roof into my rain barrels/buckets-but I also live way out in the woods with very little air pollution.
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