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Is it safe?

I just started up my nano and don't have anything to remove the chlorine ect from the water so I wanted to know if it wouold be safe to use the water in my dehumidifer. I just looked at it and the thing is ancient. It was extremely dusty annd dirys. I tried to clean the coils on it as best as I could but it is still filthy. So this is what I think I am going to do. I will take the water the it sucks out of the air and run it through a clean rag to get any dirt ect. that might be in it out. Then I will boil it to disenfect it, run it through rag again then boil it once more. How does this sound?
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I wouldn't.

Just buy dechlorinator. You're going to need it anyway.


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I plan on getting a dechlorinator but I need some way to get water until then. Edited post with new method.
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If your water only contains chlorine and not chloramines, just leave it out overnight. The chlorine will offgas. But this won't work for chloramines. The dehumidifier thing should work, except for trying to get it filtered clean again. If you can come up with a way of filtering it well enough, it should work ok. Try coffee filters or paper towels as filters.
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Well I planned on using two clean cloth rags to filter it. The water looks pretty clean to start with, just filtering to make sure. Then of course boiling, cooling, filtering again and boiling again.
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I think coffee filters will remove much smaller particles than rags can, if you want to make extra sure.

The only issue that I just thought of, is the presence of heavy metals. Check out your dehumidifier and see what kind of pipes it uses to condensate the water and be aware that you might get some of that metal in the water.
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Well it looks like copper. Anything I can do to get rid of those and do they pose much of a threat. I was going to use a cofee filter but running a gallon through that seems like it would take a while.
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I'm really scratching my head at this thread, how much volume can a dehumidifier fill? You'd probably be better off taking water from a pond if you can't afford a small bottle of dechlor.


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It's a nano that I need water for. So I really only need a gallon.
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Dehumidifiers have copper coils to do the condensing. Copper can be toxic to animals (more so with inverts than fish), and very difficult to remove.

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Copper in higher levels is also an effective herbicide. So not good for plants either. If you're going planted I would skip the dehumidifier thing.

You could distill your own water but it would take a LOONGGG time to make a gallon.

Get a huge bucket of water and put some plastic wrap over it, airtight but with lots of slack. Put an empty bucket or something smaller than the big bucket to catch the water in the very center of the water in the bin (without getting any water in it, put some rocks in it to weigh it down). Put it in the sun. The water will evaporate and collect on the plastic wrap, if it's loose enough it will roll to the middle and drip off into the empty container in the middle.
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After you find a way to purify water, where are you going to find the money to reconstitute it? Ask the LFS for a dechlor sample, they'll probably give you one.


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why cant you get declorinator?
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