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    I understand that we are supposed to use Distilled water, rain water, or R/O water. Has anyone tried using boiled water? I mean, boil tap water, then let it sit in a container of some sort. Then use this as the water source.

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    No,
    boiling water makes it WORSE than not boiling! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    because..
    the problem with tap water is that it contains minerals.
    what is referred to as "hardness"..
    calcium, magnesium, salts, all kinds of things that are bad for your CPs..
    the more minerals in the water, the "harder" it is said to be..
    the less minerals, the "softer" it is said to be..
    If you are lucky enough to have very soft tap water naturally, it *might* be safe enough for CPs..but the odds of that are slim.
    most people's tap water is "too hard"..
    think of these dissolved minerals in the water as literally dissolved rocks in the water..
    you can take table salt and dissolve it in water..same concept.
    when our tap water is in the ground, lots of different minerals dissolve into it to make it "hard"..

    Reverse osmosis, rain, and distilled water is PURE water..
    just H2O molecules in there, and none of the dissolved rocks.

    So if you take your tap water, which already has a certain amount of "dissolved solids" in it, and you boil it, what happens is all the PURE water eveaporates away as steam, but the minerals dont evaporate away at all!
    they stay behind in the water..
    boiling does nothign to them at all..
    you end up with HARDER water than you had before you boiled!
    because the percentage of pure water decreases (it boils away as steam)
    but the percentage of minerals stays the same.

    so boiling makes water worse for CPs..

    rain water
    distilled water
    Reverse osmosis water.
    nothing else.

    scot

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    Wow.. that was a lot of good info. Thanks! I guess I will just have to put out a bucket the next time it rains here ( this wed, hehe) and Save up on water. Thanks Scot.

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    I've been busy this morning, or I'd of gotten to you. You could Have most any fish store analyze you water for TDS (total disolved solids). The Portland,OR area has unusually pure water. There is a nursury there that grows CPs, and the owner uses tap. Rain water is best, but don't try to catch it from the gutter drain, or roof of you're house. You could get alot of different minerals,and solids coming off you're roof.
    I always suspect everything could be a trap... thats why I'm still alive
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    hehe, no problem Thanks Justin

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    Have to agree. Boiled water does not help the viability of using it for CPs. Boiling kills germs, but they are still floating around in the water. Boiling can't kill particals and other garbage floating like that since it isn't alive, and it won't make it go away, therefore the danger is still present.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    If you don't have a lot of plants, you could always buy distilled water from the grocery store (about $1 per gallon). Just be sure it's labeled 'distilled' or 'reverse osmosis/RO' and not just spring water. I find it more reliable and easier than collecting rainwater (especially in the winter!)

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    Good idea StifflerMichael,

    Most Walmart, or Krogers have water vending machines. I refill the gallon water jugs for about $.29 a gallon. The water is UV treated, carbon filtered,distilled, and RO'ed (sic). However the machines have been broke in the two closest towns. My supply is low. I was hoing the torentual rain the area got yesterday was coming my way, but it missed us to the North. I'm probably the only one upset. I'd risk a tonado for free plant water [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
    I always suspect everything could be a trap... thats why I'm still alive
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