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Fish tank water drinkable?

So i know this is kind of a ridiculous question but i was wondering if push came to shove could you drink the water out of your tank? I kind of consider myself a prepper and was just wondering. Thanks.
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I say go for it, after all it is filtered right. lol
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No, I'd say not


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At least run a UV sterilizer

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I think you'd be fine. Idk if there are human parasites that might inhabit our aquarium waters, but I have read that most fish diseases cannot infect a human, except fish tuberculosis, but that is still not very dangerous to us I believe.
Some of us get tank water in our mouth when we start our siphons (I did back in the day when I used a siphon to gravel vac). I think that if it was dangerous there would be more cautions on priming a siphon with your mouth.
I think planted tanks, like most of ours here, would be especially safe as the plants might take up any harmful chemicals that are produced.
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thanks everyone for your inputs. There was no death will follow comments so i guess when it comes down to it ill see how thirsty i am, lol. Thanks
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I'm with W. C. Fields on this one (google it if you missed the reference).


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If you have access to a tap use that. If not, well... You're talking survival. There's a big difference. In survival, treating water is preferable but if that can't happen risks have to be made. A tank full of water is a darn sight better than a feces infested watering hole. If you're that concerned at least keep something around to boil water in and start a fire.
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Just remember that fish crap in that water. That fact alone is enough to keep me from drinking it.
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I've drank worse, in a situation like you are describing...absolutely.
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Well that sure isn't comforting! However, it is really interesting!
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Well i guess there goes my "can't die from it" line lol. I guess i will just have to stick to the above and boil it up if it comes down to it, thanks.
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As long as there arent any chemical ferilizers, harmful microorganisms in the tank water and with a UV sterilizer, cycled filter installed working properly to lower nitrates to 5ppm or something and lower, then I would go for it during survival scenarios.. but I would still look for a way to boil the water first lol. If theres no way to boil, then down the throat it goes, if theres no time, equipment, and choice.

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I wouldnt drink it... Im sure youll get diarhhea and die even faster
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