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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Given the generally low mineral content of rain water, as well as its slight acidity, is all that filtration really necessary?
    You seemed to think it was. It's just mechanical filtration to remove particulates. I'll get a pic up if it stops raining before dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Heh, I just set out a bunch of plastic bowls when I see it is about to rain. I don't risk trying to put one under the spout for the gutters because I think that would have too much dirt and debris.
    Just put a screen like those found on screen doors on top and that will keep the trash out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    You seemed to think it was. It's just mechanical filtration to remove particulates. I'll get a pic up if it stops raining before dark.
    Oh, you put them under the gutters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Oh, you put them under the gutters.
    Considering my container holds over 300 gallons it would take a long time to fill just sitting out collecting the rain that fell within its own footprint!
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    True that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoSarah View Post
    Given the generally low mineral content of rain water, as well as its slight acidity, is all that filtration really necessary?
    The last time I tried to collect water for my CP's I ended up having to use it on the houseplants instead because it had caught so much pollen on the way down the water was actually yellow. >.<

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    Due to a translucent cover the water in my container is often tinted green from single cell algae, and somehow some Ceriodaphnia got into it. Water puddles on the top when it's full full, and birds drinking from it likely carried them in. Their population tends to cycle from boom to bust, but there are always a few in there. I use the water for my orchids, cps, and soft water species of fish I keep. Never had an issue. It's nice sometimes to do a water change on a fish tank and then not need to feed it again for a few days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zath View Post
    The last time I tried to collect water for my CP's I ended up having to use it on the houseplants instead because it had caught so much pollen on the way down the water was actually yellow. >.<
    That would still be fine to use on CP's..pollen is just a bit of organic matter, it doesnt add any mineral hardness.
    I have used polleny water, not concerned about it in the least..

    I collect rain water off the roof of the shed..into a gutter then down into a barrell..I dont bother to filter it, it can be a bit dirty at times,
    but thats nothing to be concerned about IMO..its the mineral hardness that is bad, and you dont get any of that unless it filters through the ground..
    (the shingles are 20 years old..im not concerned about them affecting the water)
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