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Discuss water requirements, "soil" (growing media) and suitable planting containers

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By edina
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I’ve always only used distilled water for my carnivorous plants but the other day I heard that some people used boiled water. Has anyone else tried this?
By optique
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just boiling water might kill some biological in the water, but it would not remove any minerals. so i don't see a reason why
By Adelae
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The problem with tap water is too many minerals, so boiling might actually make it worse (some of the water boils off but all the minerals stay behind).
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By Artchic528
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Contrary to popular belief, boiling water doesn't remove chemicals/minerals. It just kills off biological impurities like microscopic single celled organisms, bacteria, and viruses. Hence why its said to boil any water you gather from streams, rivers, lakes, etc before drinking it.

Also, as Adelae says, it also boils off some of the pure water, but not the impurities, leaving the remaining water to become more concentrated with said impurities and raise the ppm.

This is actually part of the distillation process in action. The water, that is to say the hydrogen and oxygen molecules that it's comprised of, will turn into water vapor, leaving behind the impurities. If cooled down enough the water vapor will then condense as pure H20. This condensation is collected in a separate container and becomes known as Distilled or pure water. The impurities are left to boil down in the first container until no hydrogen and oxygen molecules are left and only the impurities remain.
By edina
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Thank you for the replies, everyone! And thanks @Artchic528 for the details! I guess I'll be sticking with distilled water!

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