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E.coli in the water

I live in Portland oregon, today they issued a boil water alert due to e.coli in the water, will that hurt my fish/amphibians? I don't want to boil 30g of water for water changes tonight unless I have too.

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Oops, posted this in the wrong place, will a mod please move?

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they just announced this for the richmond va area too.
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How long do they usually last?

I'd probably just hold off on water changes for a bit.

I wouldn't risk culturing E. coli in my tank for my own sake.





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I wouldn't risk culturing E. coli in my tank for my own sake.

You make a very valid point, I'll just borrow some 5g jugs of water from the storeroom at work, all the grocery stores in the area are sold out of water. I've even seen people trying to sell bottled water on cl.

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I'm not sure if e.coli would be harmful to an aquarium environment. There are tons of competing bacteria in the aquarium and it's doubtful it would ever be able to take hold. It's possible, but doubtful.

You should, however, be mindful about playing around in the water for your own health. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer while e.coli warning is in effect.
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Just for a bit of comfort? E. coli is unlikely to bother the fish and plants as it is often found in rivers and lakes with no harm. Many of us have gone swimming where it is present and not gotten sick. They try to moderate the levels but downstream from waste water treatment plants is often high in E.coli. Floods often overtop the treatment areas and the untreated stuff goes downstream. Anybody who has grown up in the country where you swim in the creek or pond has likely been in it as it often washes off fields where cattle graze. Just best not to drink it.
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I agree E.coli is everywhere. A family friend just lost half his foot 6 months ago from failing to notice and cover a small cut on his foot while doing some yardwork. Somewhere he managed to get E.coli in the cut and within 24 hours he had to be hospitalized, and they were unable to keep gangrene from setting in. (Yes he's diabetic.)

Not trying to be an alarmist, and the risk level may not be high, but IMO there's no need to even take the risk at all in this situation.





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Don't know anything but I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm sorry this is going on!
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Geez, I'm right here in Salem and never heard about this?? Looks like its orange juice for me


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E. Coli typically only affects warm blooded organisms. There're many types of E. Coli. I doubt any would adversely affect fish or amphibians.

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I'd probably just hold off on water changes for a bit.

I wouldn't risk culturing E. coli in my tank for my own sake.
This is great advise!
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I would assume the boil water order has been lifted and all is normal again?

But for the next time somebody asks about E. coli, this is a bit of info I copied from the Mayo clinic site that might calm some fears. Seems most of us have E.coli in the old body already!

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Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

You may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults can develop a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).


So we may be in more danger from a nice green salad or slightly rare burger than any E. coli we find in the tank water?
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