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My boss found out today I like fish tanks so he asked me to setup one up at work. That seems normal right but the thing is I work at a waste water treatment plant I'm a water/waste water operator. My boss wants me to setup up the tank with effluent water which is waste water that we have treated and send out to the stream, since we but it out in a stream he wants to see if the fish can live in it and if we are doing our job proper.what is everyone's opinion on this?
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My boss found out today I like fish tanks so he asked me to setup one up at work. That seems normal right but the thing is I work at a waste water treatment plant I'm a water/waste water operator. My boss wants me to setup up the tank with effluent water which is waste water that we have treated and send out to the stream, since we but it out in a stream he wants to see if the fish can live in it and if we are doing our job proper.what is everyone's opinion on this?
if its treated should be ok. just treat for chlorine and such. I mean ultimately its not any different then what comes out of our tap right?

Do a small 10 gallon test tank or something

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I think it is a very important step to see if your finished water is acceptable.

Push for a large tank (minimum 50 gallons or so, I would think, but I could see a really nice 125 gallon, 6' long tank) and use small native fish and plants that are fairly local to the location you release the water. Make it as accurate as possible.
Use the flow though water change system so that there is a constant influx of new water, perhaps a gallon or so per hour (depends on tank size- 1-2% of the tank volume per hour) and a constant drain. A drilled tank is much the best way to set this up.
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Well yes it is different waste water is sewer. That is our goal is to make sewer healthy enough for all wild life in the environment animals, plants exc. and most tap water is from rain it sinks down through the earth and filters itself untill it joins the aquafer there it waits for us to pump it out or you may have a ro plant around ur house which can use river creek or ocean water. So it is a little different

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I would love to setup a larger scale tank but my boss said 10 gallon max and would prefer smaller.
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Well, still, go for it. But 10 gallon. Only one to three fish, and that would be the smallest native. Native plants. Good light. I would still try to replicate the location of the release, since that would be the place where the toxins (if any) are most concentrated.
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I'm in south ms I think the only thing I could put native would be a minnow. Brim,bass,catfish,carp,gar all way to big for a ten but I'll see what I can do thanks for the tips
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I'm thinking there are some small darters or pygmy sunfish native to that area. Starter wiki.


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you might be suprised at what little fish are living in the stream. I have backpack electrofished streams barely big enough to fill a water bottle in and found 8-12 species! I bet if you asked your state fisheries office to come do a quick electrofishing sample they probably would. That would afterall be the most conclusive proof that fish can live in that water! I could easily see my office doing this for one of our water treatment facilities in state! Although we are extra nice here 8)...
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This is actually not that uncommon in the waste water treatment industry. I use to do (6 years ago. or so) startups for the blower equipment for the aerobic digestors. I have heard of a few plants putting tilapia in the secondary clarifiers as a biological indicator. Where they grind them up at a random sample for testing.
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