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PostSubject: Storing filtered water   Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:00 pm

I'm thinking of storing filtered water for later water change use. I use an API Tap Water Filter, because my tap water has a high mineral content and is quite hard and also because I elected for a somewhat lower PH for the Tetras I keep. When I let the filter cartridge sit with tap water in between water changes it losses its effectiveness quickly. I would like to maximize the use of each filter cartridge and make about 48 gallons of filtered water at a time and store it in a large, heavy duty, covered trash can in the basement. I change about eight gallons of water each week so it would be enough to last me 6 weeks. I would add the Electoright, PH UP, and warm each portion of water to the tank temperature just before using it. Does anyone see a problem with this? I have a 38 gallon fully planted tank, with 72 watts of light, a PH of 6.6 kept at a temperature of 80 degrees.
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PostSubject: Re: Storing filtered water   Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:36 pm

i wouldnt use a trash can, they are not make of the right stuff. I would use either a plastic storage tub designed for food or a rainwater tank as these are made from plastic that does not leach chemicals into the water. you will have to keep the water moving so it doesnt become stagnant.


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PostSubject: Re: Storing filtered water   Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:32 am

Plastic food grade 44G drum and a small pond powerhead should do you the trick. Besides connecting a hose to the powerhead allowes for easy emptying Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Storing filtered water   Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:38 am

I looked on Craigslist and found several 55 gallon drums (supposedly food grade) between $15 and $25 each. Now I just need to find a powerhead for a reasonable price, Maybe I'll try Aquabid.
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