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I was wondering what everyone thought of using rain water as a source for tank water. Ive been in this hobby for years and have always wondered about it but was either always afraid to try it or in my old age just forgot about it, but it keeps coming back to me..lol I live in michigan so my thought was by the time a storm system reached me most of the impurites if there are any would be gone..just would like to get some opinions.

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I was wondering what everyone thought of using rain water as a source for tank water. Ive been in this hobby for years and have always wondered about it but was either always afraid to try it or in my old age just forgot about it, but it keeps coming back to me..lol I live in michigan so my thought was by the time a storm system reached me most of the impurites if there are any would be gone..just would like to get some opinions.

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Hello Rick...

I think rain water would be fine if you could get enough to use. It would have sulfates in it, so the plants would like it. You wouldn't have to remove all the chemicals the water companies put in our water, so we can drink it.

Unless you keep and breed rare fish that need special treatment, I can't think of a reason not to use it.

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no i just have neon tetras and german blue rams..but they are not for breeding purposes...basically i was just worried about impurities gathered around large industrial area where they have smog.

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More of a concern would be how it is collected and stored. Roofing materials can leach lead and zinc, while gutters may be made of copper. Maybe the levels wouldn't be high enough to cause a problem, but it would be something to check.

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i collected it off trees dripping..but i just checked the ph of this stuff and its really high so i probably going to scap this idea

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I was wondering what everyone thought of using rain water as a source for tank water. Ive been in this hobby for years and have always wondered about it but was either always afraid to try it or in my old age just forgot about it, but it keeps coming back to me..lol I live in michigan so my thought was by the time a storm system reached me most of the impurites if there are any would be gone..just would like to get some opinions.

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you get enough rain to do that? lol

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right now we are getting enough..ive collected 50 gallons so far..but i quit collecting it because of the high ph.

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I use rain water in some of my tanks, with fish that like softer water. Here's a pretty balanced article on the topic:

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/water-softening
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I use rain water in some of my tanks, with fish that like softer water. Here's a pretty balanced article on the topic:

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/water-softening
thanks for that link..very informative

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you get enough rain to do that? lol
Will, you have no idea how much water we can actually collect I left an 18g or so basin outside under the roof line and it was full in one evening session when we had those rains last month. I'm going to be setting up some systems to collect rain water for the outdoor basins and gardens because we get so much at once.
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white tiger, test that water will all the tests you have. Maybe find out what is raising the pH.

Does it rain often enough to keep the leaves clean? Maybe you just have some minerals from dust, if it has not rained recently.

Around here I let it rain a while to wash off the roof before I collect the rain.
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I use a 10" x 12" blue plastic tarp running down to a 55gl barrel. I set it up before a rain.

This way I don't have to worry about all the possible toxic run off from my asphalt shingles.

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Will, you have no idea how much water we can actually collect I left an 18g or so basin outside under the roof line and it was full in one evening session when we had those rains last month. I'm going to be setting up some systems to collect rain water for the outdoor basins and gardens because we get so much at once.
yes but thats not even one round of water changes. i can't imagine storing 3 months of water in my tiny apt.

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yes but thats not even one round of water changes. i can't imagine storing 3 months of water in my tiny apt.
yes it does help to have a house with a 40'x 20' polebarn i use for a fishroom

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The solution to collecting the cleanest rain water that you can is to use the simple method that people who collect their water in cisterns use.

Let it rain for about 15 minutes before collecting any rain water. That way the atmosphere and your roof will be as clean as practical.
After that, test the water parameters one day later, after the water "settles".

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