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Old 31st May 2006   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of water should be used in a Red eft's water dish?



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well cold bottled water or aged tap water...the first choice is best...



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Any water that does not contain chlorine. I wouldn't say that bottled water is any better than properly treated tap water.



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I have a dehumidifier at home. I can use that because the water comes right from the air.



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You may want to consider not doing this - the dehumidifier collection vessel itself may pose problems depending on what material it is made from and what condition it may be in, e.g., rusting. Collected static water could also be a source of microbes. Safest bet is to do as Jennifer suggested above.

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I agree, I would worry about bacteria. The tubing and collection containers for dehumidifiers are usually coated with a rather gross slime.



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The tubing and all that stuff is cleaned frequently and all the water comes from the natural humidity in the air, so I don't see what bacteria could be in it. Besides, I use it in my fish tank and the fish have been alive in there and perfectly healthy for about 4 years.



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Tim, Jen wouldn't steer you wrong....I'd take her advice. Otherwise you're putting you're efts at needless risks. Why do that?

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So should I just use bottled water then?



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It's easier to just use tap water that's been allowed to sit overnight (so dissolved gas bubbles can escape), then place the water in the refrigerator to make it cold. Be sure to check water for chlorine though.



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But somebody on this website told me that they don't use chlorine for tap water anymore, so exposing it to sunlight doesn't work. I think it does though. I've tried it.



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Tim - this depends on where you live. More and more municipalities are switching to chloramine and away from chlorine. Chloramine which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia is not removed by allowing water to stand (it does not dissipate as does chlorine) and it is not removed by boiling.



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Buy some de-chlorinator that treats both chlorine and chloramine from a pet shop and treat the tap water you use. Far easier than bottled water and cheaper in the long run. Just follow the instructions carefully.



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