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water from hot water tanks

I just wondering just what kind of chemicals are coming out of hot water tanks into our aquariums.. check of this warning!
http://naturalmommie.com/2011/01/hot...emical-cancer/

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Anything causes cancer only in California to most labels. lol. Seriously, they have to label just about everything as causing cancer for some reason.

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Anything causes cancer only in California to most labels. lol. Seriously, they have to label just about everything as causing cancer for some reason.

Well thats good news! I live in the eastcoast so my fish can't get cancer then! jk

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Well I don't have to worry about my tank I don't fill it from my hot water heater ....... Only well water for my fish and they love it
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Well I don't have to worry about my tank I don't fill it from my hot water heater ....... Only well water for my fish and they love it

Up here in new England the cold water from the faucet get's very cold in the fall/winter. So I'm going to have to do either the hot/cold mixer valve, or keep a water drum inside. All ready have the drum, used it for the salt tank we had, was hoping to go that mixer valve way, as the wife hate seeing that big blue drum.

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That blogger sounds like a whiney somethingsomething.
I mean people have been using hot water tanks for a LOOOONG time and so far I don't think anyone has attributed horrible cancer outbreaks to them yet although you never know... it may happen, and gravity might fail to work too.

In my very unhumble opinion I wouldn't worry about it Up here in Canada people have been using water from their hot water tanks to mix for temperature and I've never heard of it causing problems, aside from user error (full hot water into tank).
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I don't think anyone should get worried about it, especially mixing a little hot water with cold, but I think the issue is that the higher temperature causes more leaching of metals into the water. Someone told me never to cook using hot water. And to run the cold water 1-1/2 minutes.
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I drink/cook with remineralized RO water.
And fill up my tanks with cold tapwater.


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Yea I never really thought of that ( the cold water ) . Guess I learn something new everyday . I see , makes everything a little more tricky . Regardless of that blog I'd try and find a different way . HWH are full of scale , unless you have a water softener . Maybe you can rig an inline filter somehow ....... That's what I do for my well water to reduce scale in my tank . But of course it's easy to push water through an inline filter when you have about 30 psi . Good luck .
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The mineral deposits in the hot water heat did not come from the 'mineral fairy', the water brought them in. And dropped them.
Now the water is picking them up again, and finishing the delivery to the faucet.

This is something to worry about?

I guess in CA I a should not drink the water nor breathe the air.

Have you read about the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide?

http://www.dhmo.org/
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The mineral deposits in the hot water heat did not come from the 'mineral fairy', the water brought them in. And dropped them.
Now the water is picking them up again, and finishing the delivery to the faucet.

This is something to worry about?

I guess in CA I a should not drink the water nor breathe the air.

Have you read about the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide?

http://www.dhmo.org/

No 'mineral fairy'? oh! no! Thanks Diana, I did know how this happens. I will be using a mixer of hot/cold tap water for my WC. I was not really all that worried about the blogger on the water heater. Just wanted to share the alarmist, to add to our wealth of info from the internet.

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The mineral deposits in the hot water heat did not come from the 'mineral fairy', the water brought them in. And dropped them.
Now the water is picking them up again, and finishing the delivery to the faucet.

This is something to worry about?

I guess in CA I a should not drink the water nor breathe the air.

Have you read about the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide?

http://www.dhmo.org/
More people die from DMHO than the government will ever let on. Pretty dangerous stuff I say. I try to stay away from it at all costs.

Diane, I posted that a few months ago and it seems no one heeded my advice judging by its prevalence.

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majority of water heaters have copper heating elements dont they? if you house shrimp or anything suceptable to copper poisioning then i would be on the safe side and use RO or just normal tap i guess :s
but thats just me
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I would be more concerned about source water that's very low in PH going through my pipes than hot water.
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More people die from DMHO than the government will ever let on. Pretty dangerous stuff I say. I try to stay away from it at all costs.
Yeah I bet my RO filter gets that out, though. I'm going to sit right down, have a glass of filtered water, and adjust my tinfoil hat.

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