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    I put about an inch or an inch and a half of hydroton at the bottom of my 10 gallon tank. It holds water and heat better than just the empty glass. I also sometimes suck the water out from there to water other plants,spreads different mosses i have pretty good. I fill it to the top of the hydroton(or other rock substitute) and let it go down alkmost all the way before i water again. That could take a couple weeks to a month. You could also put an air stone in there for more oxygen

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    also. Set buckets outside to collect rain water.

    I wouldnt use tap. If you were forced too use pure cold water after letting it run a little. If you have an airstone, let it bubble in it for a day or two. If no airstone, let the tap water sit at least 24 hours overnight so the chlorine evaporates off. Tap the side of the glass/jug and watch the bubbles fiz off in the morning.

    Again, id stay away from tap water. Melt some snow, collect some rain. Tap water is bad

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    you can buy a heat matt for like 20 bucks thats perfect size for 1 10 gal tank or even 2. Put it under the tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpbobby View Post
    perhaps your water quality isn't as bad as mine but the residue was visibly noticeable.....you are correct that pure water goes into the air however in a sealed terrarium the minerals that used to be in the tap water do not go into the air....i have seen it with my own eyes....... IMO with drosera it would be detrimental since their leaves can pretty much directly absorb these mineral deposit and with the neps the deposits on the plants themselves wouldn't be too detrimental for a while but the deposits would most likely accumulate in the media which has the potential to be detrimental over time......mostly just depends on the quality of your tap water.
    Cpbobby is right.

    You will eventually get a salt mineral build up in your tank. The allege isnt a bad sign really either.Most of the time this slime turns into different mosses.


    I found it a pain in the butt at first,m buying distilled, then collecting rain water. But once i got in the habit of doing it i dont really run out. I use a couple 5 gallon buckets and an ice cooler to collect it.

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    I installed a rain barrel on the house. Less mosquito problems with that than leaving buckets out.

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