Does anyone else use rainwater? - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Method's Avatar
 
PTrader: (22/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 605
Does anyone else use rainwater?

Just curious.

I fill my 55 display tank and 25 quarantine with pure rainwater. My tetras spawn about once every two weeks, and all my other animals and plants are happy.

So, am I the only one who uses a free and [mostly] abundant source of water?

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." Baba Dioum


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


The Fraternity of Dirt #41
SunSun Pimp #66
Method is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 12:09 PM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 188
I dont but I know a shrimp breeder in this forum that does. I think it is Ohbaby714

My issue with rainwater/RO/distilled is that I have to go back and add minerals and salts.

I talked to a guy who used to be a local aquarium guru and he tells me the best thing about South Florida water is all the minerals the fish love.

Filtered water was killing my shrimp until I added minerals and switched to good ole tap.
ncharlie is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 12:31 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (46/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 529
I have not tried rain water but am curious to learn more about it. We typically have fantastic rain here in Indiana from March until about May or June, then nothing really until November it seems. THen of course it's snow until March. So, it's not as abundant as I'd like in this area.

How do you collect it? Do you have an open container, or do you have something at the end of a gutter downspout? And if at the end of a gutter, do you have to worry about the debris that might collect in your gutters and get washed down?
Geminiluna is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 01:02 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
mscichlid's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Delta Quadrant, MD USA
Posts: 577
I use it. I collect by using a 100 gallon resevoir under a downspout.




At my old house, I had several daisy-chained together.




Today, in the fishroom I have a 250 gallon resevoir that I pump it into. I use this tank to mix it with tap to whatever ratio needed at the time.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
" border="0" />
mscichlid is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 01:12 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (46/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 529
VERY NICE photo examples, thank you!

mscichlid - is there any worry about debris that washes into the gutters? And what do you do through the winter when it freezes or comes down as snow instead?
Geminiluna is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 01:25 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
mscichlid's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Delta Quadrant, MD USA
Posts: 577
Thanks. To capture the live food and debris, I attach a mesh bag on the end of the hose. When there is a lot of pollen, I use a m350 with a micron filter. Otherwise, it's just aerated.

In the winter, I break the ice and drop in the pump. The resevoir indoors then gets a 300 watt heater to raise the temp to 70 degrees.

Snow isn't a factor unless it's melting. Normally, we don't get enough snow to make a dif. But when it does snow substantially, I don't bother with it because I'd have to shovel a path to it. Shoveling the driveway, patio and sidewalk is enough for me.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
" border="0" />
mscichlid is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Method's Avatar
 
PTrader: (22/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 605
I have a simpler setup than mscichlid. I bought a 55 gallon plastic barrel from the local Pepsi bottling plant for $10. I rerouted my downspout to feed into it and attached a faucet to the bottom with epoxy.

I've read elsewhere that one should only collect the 'clean' rain that falls after most of the contaminants have washed out of the local atmosphere. So I wait until it has showered for 20 minutes or stormed for 5 before collecting.

I get it into my house with a simple hand pump, which works great for my 55 gallon. 50% WC in about 10 minutes. 15-20 minutes if I have to pump it inside to my 30g trash can for pre-heating. I don't do as many WC in winter; but then I have a low-light low-tech tank.

The water is generally very pure, but sometimes it gets a 'little' ammonia in the autumn- around 0.5ppm. For vanity I used a white barrel, although blue might have served to better prevent the decaying algae that I suspect cause this ammonia spike. Well, that's what Prime is for!

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." Baba Dioum


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


The Fraternity of Dirt #41
SunSun Pimp #66
Method is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 01:59 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HD Blazingwolf's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,907
sadly rainwater here can only be used for plants.. im in chattanooga TN and the rainwater here is very polluted.
i collected from the end of my gutter as well in 2 55gallon tanks

Sump Pimp #7

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
HD Blazingwolf is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 02:06 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (46/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 529
I appreciate all the input on this thread, even though it wasn't my original post. LOL. I saw our local conservation department had a learning event at the library last year about how to do these rain barrels to collect rainwater for gardening, etc. I think I'm going to sign up for one if it's offered again and see about this. We're on a well, so the water I go through doesn't "cost" me in utilities except for the electricity when the well pump kicks on. But our water is liquid rock. So then I run a RO unit to cut down my well water to acceptable parameters. The waste coming out of the RO unit is atrocious, and I can't measure the environmental cost of how much water I go through. And every time I run my RO unit, I kick myself and think there has to be a better way to do this. Even if I can only collect rainwater during our rainy months in March-June or November, it's still an offset to all the wasteful usage currently!
Geminiluna is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 02:35 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HD Blazingwolf's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,907
55 GALLON barrells can be picked up from a lot of diffferent companies. perferablly beverage companies. cut a whole. lay some screen. attach hoses and a faucet to each one and ur rockin.. if u link them together from a downspout. use 2-3 inch hose!!! i can not say that enough. we used 1 inch and the first barrel overflows because the 1 inch can't handle

on a good rain they both fill up in 30 seconds HAHAHAHA

Sump Pimp #7

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
HD Blazingwolf is offline  
post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 04:14 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: DC area
Posts: 3,056
Depending on where you live the rain water could be fairly polluted.
wendyjo is offline  
post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 05:15 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HD Blazingwolf's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,907
My location = polluted rainwater

Sump Pimp #7

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
HD Blazingwolf is offline  
post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 05:43 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Sharkfood's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 2,536
in a metropolitan area, I don't think I would use rainwater without running through an RO unit, which would basically defeat the whole purpose.
Sharkfood is offline  
post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 06:00 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (46/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 529
I live out in the middle of a corn field in rural Indiana. I'm *guessing* ours would be ok after the dust has been settled. Guess that's a question for the next soil & conservation district seminar on these rain barrels, though, to be sure!
Geminiluna is offline  
post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 08:01 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Algae Beater's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 357
i don't bother, the tap water here in Vancouver is devoid of most minerals (about 3ppm dissolved solids on a bad day)

rainwater through carbon worked for me when i lived in north eastern Australia
Algae Beater is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome