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Local river water: safe for home aquarium?
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Vertebraillemery
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PostPosted: 2010.07.31(Sat)12:04    Post subject: Local river water: safe for home aquarium? Reply with quote

Hey there fellow fish lovers! I was told that the river water has healthy bacteria for my fish aquarium. I have been using it. It seems to be fine...

I just bought a 55 gallon tank and I was wondering if I can fill that with river water and then set everything up normally, filter and such and do the cycle.

Does anyone know if the river water is safe or dangerous, or anything else you can tell me about it?
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Un_Lu.cK_y
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PostPosted: 2010.07.31(Sat)12:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the real problem with using river water is that the fish you are keeping are not from the same bioshpere that you and that river are from. Bacteria that may be fine for you or the fish in the stream may be toxic to fish that have either been born and raised in a very controlled environment (captivebred) or have come from the wild where they came in contact with very different bacteria then the ones in your river. Thats the reason drinking water in India will make you sick even though its fine for them.

Its a bit like playing russian roulette. Either your fine or all hell breaks loose. I'm going to make a slightly unethical suggestion and say that maybe you could get your hands on a feeder guppy or two and see if anything really bad comes from using river water.

Also certain pests that naturally occur might be in the water. You might want to make sure that your not getting any "hitchhikers" along with the water.

All in all its risky. Its probably better to just use dechlorinated tap water. The beneficial bacteria might not turn out to be too beneficial.
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Vertebraillemery
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PostPosted: 2010.07.31(Sat)12:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the quick response!

I just thought that the 'natural' water would be better than the chemical water. You have some good points though.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2010.07.31(Sat)17:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vertebraillemery wrote:
Thanks for the quick response!

I just thought that the 'natural' water would be better than the chemical water. You have some good points though.


Just how natural is the river water?

Why does drinking water have to be filtered and treated?

If you want natural and live away from pollution you could try collecting rainwater.
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Un_Lu.cK_y
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PostPosted: 2010.08.01(Sun)4:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah rainwater would be a good way to get "natural" water. Make note that the pH of rainwater is usually a good deal lower then tap water.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.01(Sun)23:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

The river water itself will contain very little of the beneficial bacteria. It is the structure (wood, rocks and substrate) within those waters that contain the bacteria - much like your tank decor, substrate and filter media contain bacteria.

Using rocks and whatnot that you find in a stream to jump-start your cycling process (or avoid it altogether) is a lot like using substrate, driftwood and filter media from your currently running tanks.

I have avoided cycling aquariums by collecting substrate and driftwood from 'clean' local streams when setting up a new tank. I just get nice looking sand or gravel I desire, rinse it so it doesn't cloud the tank, slap and a filter and you're ready. (The main reason I do this is I am a cheap-o and I prefer the sand and gravel in my local streams than the super-clean, and almost bright-colored gravel of sand you find in pet-supply stores.

I am not going to encourage you or discourage you... But make sure you know about your local waters (some toxicants from waste-water effluent bind to sediments. Just know that if you have a clean stream, you may use substrate, rocks, driftwood to jump-start the cycling process. Also, remember that tank bred tropical fish have been born and raised in the very clean and controlled tank conditions and may not be able to handle things in the 'river water' that fish from those areas can.
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