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new2vfts wrote:Hello! Does anyone know the TDS for NYC tap water? Is it low enough for use in a bog container with flytrap, american pitchers, sundews, bladderwort and butterwort or stick with buying distilled?Believe it or not NYC has some of the healthiest water in the country HOWEVER get a TDS meter (they are cheap, $15 or less) and test YOUR own tap water. Back in 2011 someone in Queens got a reading of 45ppm. That could change a bit by now. Best to get a meter. Amazon is where I got mine.
Dave F H wrote:As a industrial chemist , most tap or well water will have dissolved solids in itThat's a fine recommendation for people with smaller collections. Some people here would end up having to sell their house if they had to buy distilled water for their collections, just to be able to afford that much water.
even though I am starting out here and new to growing flytraps I might suggest anyone who is having issues with their water go and buy from any supermarket distilled water for around 2 bucks for a 4 l jug
amriko wrote:In Nanaimo, BC, CA we have one of the lowest tap water ppm in the world. According to the water supplier we haveIt should be noted that is probably tested at the facility, not at your house. Pipes get old, they leak, they allow contaminants in. Test at your faucet, don't assume because they say that's what it is, that's what it is at your house. I'll bet your water isn't that low.
11 ppm straight out the tap, fear me mortals
Dave F H wrote:Please be careful however when using the Charcoal filters in R O systems because once they are spent they will release the minerals back into the water.This is very true! Keep your filters fresh in an RO unit!
boarderlib wrote:It should be noted that is probably tested at the facility, not at your house. Pipes get old, they leak, they allow contaminants in. Test at your faucet, don't assumeAlso true.
boarderlib wrote: A better suggestion which has been mentioned in this thread repeatedly is to buy a TDS meter and test your water. If it's under 50 its safeMeaning your flytrap can be exposed to it without burning. But if you're anywhere near the 50 ppm mark, I would only top water and allow the water to flow through the media. Otherwise it will accumulate in your media pretty quickly. My rain water comes out around 12 ppm. I will use it to tray water, but then I flush the media with pure distilled water every few months.
xr280xr wrote: Meaning your flytrap can be exposed to it without burning. But if you're anywhere near the 50 ppm mark, I would only top water and allow the water to flow through the media. Otherwise it will accumulate in your media pretty quickly. My rain water comes out around 12 ppm. I will use it to tray water, but then I flush the media with pure distilled water every few months.Very true. I highly recommend flushing pots periodically no matter what your water source is. I use distilled, and rain water with my plants. Whenever we have a heavy rain coming I take my plants out of the trays and get a thorough flushing. I'll even take a lot of my indoor plants outside. I also use that time to clean my trays out, empty, wash and refill with clean water.
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