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    I use tap water for my humidifiers. Is this a bad thing? My neps seem to be doing ok, but some pitchers turned black, but then again they are also growing new pitchers. So I kinda get mixed ideas. Help me out.

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    No, not likely- not for your plants at least.

    The mist created shouldn't be able to hold any of the minerals or other disolved particles so they wont be transmitted to your plants are their media in that manner. I know that ultrasound humidifiers can create splashes, so that could send some mineralized water in to your media. Also, ultrasound humidifiers may not like it, depending on the mineral content. You could eventually get mineral buildup on the membrane which wouldn't be good.

    If you're going to use mineralized water: make sure there's no appreciable volume of water being splashed on to your media, make sure mineral contents don't get TOO high by replacing the water every now and then (as opposed to letting salts accumulate.)
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    Tap water is fine for neps. As long as too there isnt too much material in the water.

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    Humidifiers work using one of two methods: 1) Evaporation or 2) Creation of small water droplets that rapidly evaporate.

    There are four common types of humidifiers using these two basic methods: A) Steam, B) Wicks, C) Impeller or D) Ultrasonic. A and B leave minerals concentrated in the humidifier where it eventually gums up the works unless you change the water and or wick regularly and clean out the mineral build up. With C and D the minerals in the water are also in the water droplets. They eventually settle out of the air as a fine grayish dust on your furniture, TV screen, computer monitor and plant leaves.

    Now you're probably wondering why I went into the details. It's so you could better decide which method would be best suited for your situation and see why using RO water in any humidifier is aften recommended. Something else to keep in mind is that a humidifier should be cleaned frequently not only to reduce problems with mineral build up but to prevent pathogenic and allergenic organisms growing in the water and eventually getting put in the air. This may not be a problem with steam humidifiers, but it is with all others.
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    Mine is a ultrasonic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes_freak @ Aug. 25 2006,12:52)]Tap water is fine for neps. As long as too there isnt too much material in the water.
    I agree, all my neps get tap and they have all been fine. Neps really dont care much as long as your waters not nasty.
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    Tap water in the soil may be OK but in an ultasonic or impeller humidifier it ends up coating the leaves as a fine powder and acts as a sunblock.
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    What if you would wipe off the leaves every couple days?

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