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Rain Barrel, anyone?

I am pondering using a Rain Barrel to collect water for my 75 and see what that does. I know the basics, need: Barrel, faucet adapter, and likely a pump to get water from barrel up about 5 feet high and 30 feet long hose. I have a spare sump pump I could use for that part, I think.

How do I keep the barrel closed off to prevent mosquitos? Any tips? The only downside to this system is that come late fall it stops raining and starts hurling chunks of snow at us, so I'd either have to go back to tap or start using RO.

I just think as a whole my plants would be happier with less KH/GH. I KNOW for a fact that they have everything else they need.

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What's your collection method, off the downspout from the rain gutter?


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What's your collection method, off the downspout from the rain gutter?
Bad idea in the heat of the summer with a shingled roof. Unless your fish like their water stinky and oily

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What's your collection method, off the downspout from the rain gutter?
That is my thought. Gutters and downspouts are all vinyl.
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^^^^What chad said. Your roof tiles are petroleum based and full of bird poop...

From my little research of water collection off rain gutters, people recommend only to water your garden with it and not drink it.


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You'll want a system (or manual) that doesn't collect the first X gallons from a storm (to clean the roof). This is standard for rainwater catchment systems.
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^^^^ that's a good idea. Maybe have a manual valve or a weighted container that automatically switch the valve into the barrel when it collects x number of gallons or a floater that controls your toilet.

You'll need a cover for your barrel to keep the mosquitos out.


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Wouldn't you want mosquito larvae for fish food?

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I have cedar shingles, so no oil. And I seem to create a bird fearing zone, as I can't get them to hang out here for the life of me.

I figured I'd run it through a carbon whole house filter and in my tank. Gonna set one up and give it a few tests.... But I am more concerned with the winter change on my tanks.
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you would basically cut a whole in the lid to put the gutter or pipe through the whole about two inches or so for easy lid removal. it is best to run the rain water through some sort of filter floss to prevent the grime in the bucket, if you really want to keep out the bugs put some fine screen over the top also you can put in some gambusia. you can even pipe three or four barrels together to hold more volume

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Wouldn't you want mosquito larvae for fish food?
Maybe, but I wouldn't want Mosquitoes for West Nile in my west nile infested region. The less mosquito the better, here.
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melt the snow into usable water in the winter. you can use a torch or hot water from the water heater flush hose

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melt the snow into usable water in the winter. you can use a torch or hot water from the water heater flush hose
The amount of energy you consume trying to melt snow is insane.... to get a fraction of the water. It would not be cost or time effective.

For a month we have averages temps of 0-4 degrees...
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The problem with rain collection units is the small misty rains put dirty water into your unit. You need one you can turn on in the event of a big rain. Dew and the like will make it unusable. It also helps if it doesnt sit in a dirty container. Ruins the point of collecting pure water.

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Oh, got it. Health and safety first.
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Maybe, but I wouldn't want Mosquitoes for West Nile in my west nile infested region. The less mosquito the better, here.

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